Gabon
Round Open

The Republic of Gabon invites interested parties to participate in the 12th Shallow and Deep Water Licensing Round which opened on 7th November 2018 in Cape Town. The acreage on offer includes 12 shallow water and 23 deep-water blocks. The round closes on 30 April 2020.

TGS has been appointed as Official Technical Partner to support the Direction Generale des Hydrocarbures (DGH) on the promotion of this license round and has acquired 17,000 sq. km of 3D broadband data over key acreage in addition to offering strategically-positioned regional 2D seismic coverage


25th February 2020: New Minister to Present at Roadshows in Houston and London

His Excellency Vincent de Paul MASSASSA, Minister of Oil, Gas, Hydrocarbons and Mines of the Republic of Gabon was appointed on 2nd of December 2019. This week he will be presenting “Gabon Oil and Gas investment opportunities in the light of the 12th offshore License Round launched under the new Hydrocarbons Code of Gabon approved in 2019”.

The Minister will take part in the University of Houston Conference, on 25th-26th of February 2020 and the APPEX Event in London on Wednesday 4th of March, 2020.

Minister Vincent de Paul MASSASSA holds an Engineering Degree obtained in the United States at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; He has served in the Gabonese Government since 1999, being Director of Exploration at the DGH in 2005, Director of Operations in 2006, and Attaché to the office of the Minister of Petroleum in 2014 where he was Advisor to the Presidency of the Republic on Mines, Industry and Hydrocarbons.

Before serving at the Government, he developed an extensive career in the private sector in technical positions at Tenneco Oil, British Gas, Perenco and Shell Gabon.


22nd February 2020: Tender Specification and Bidding Criteria Update

His Excellence Vincent de Paul MASSASSA, The Minster of Oil, Gas, Hydrocarbons and Mines has today released the final versions of the Tender Specifications and the updated version of the Bidding Criteria:

Please note that all official documents are in French. Documents in English are for information only.


24th January 2020: PSC Models Released for Conventional and Deep/Ultra-Deep Areas

His Excellency Vincent de Paul MASSASSA, Minister of Oil, Gas, Hydrocarbons and Mines has today released the final versions of the Production Sharing Contracts associated with the 12th offshore licensing round. Copies (in French) are available via the following links:

Please note that all official documents are in French. Documents in English are for information only.


10th January 2020: Press Release regarding postponement of License Round closing date

His Excellency Vincent de Paul MASSASSA, Minister of Oil, Gas, Hydrocarbons and Mining has issued the following press release regarding postponement of the closing date for the Gabon 12th Offshore Licensing Round to April 30, 2020.

PRESS RELEASE issued 10 Jan 2020


01 October 2019: Latest Developments on Fiscal Terms and Bidding Criteria at the The 18th PESGB / HGS Conference on African E&P

H.E Noël MBOUMBA, Minister of Oil and Hydrocarbons, attended the 18th PESGB/HGS Conference on African E&P. The Minister held a talk on the Latest Developments on Fiscal Terms and Bidding Criteria for Gabon’s 12th Offshore Licensing Round.

To download a copy of the presentation given by Pierre ABESSOLE OLLOMO, Geologist and Duplex YOCKOT, Economist. Please click here.


22 July 2019: New Hydrocarbons Law Published

Gabon’s new Hydrocarbons Law was officially published by the Government in its  ”Journal Officiel n°28” on 22nd July 2019. Use the link provided to download this document (in French).

JOURNAL OFFICIEL No. 28


License Round Information

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License Round Information

Download the 12th Offshore License Round information booklet.

Block Details

Download a detailed listing of blocks on offer in the 12th Round and the data available.

Fiscal Terms

The improved fiscal terms will be available via this website soon.

Multi-Client Seismic Data

Explore the block locations and availability of modern seismic data using a unique mapping tool.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 – 10:30am to  2pm – Oil and Gas Investment Opportunities in Gabon – Hilton, University of Houston, Texas, USA