Offshore West Africa stands out as the area of the world with the decade's most dramatic changes in exploration concepts. The west African coast has provinces, such as offshore Nigeria, that are established as long-time, prolific hydrocarbon resource centers, and other countries, such as Equatorial Guinea, which have entered the limelight recently. Underexplored West African provinces include countries such as Namibia and Sierra Leone/Liberia. In retrospect, it appears obvious that the first deepwater discoveries occurred in areas in which exploration plays and production on the shelf were very well established, for example Angola and Nigeria. The critical step of exploration...

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