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

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:

This documentation follows the release of updated information on the 12th round bidding criteria: Bidding Criteria 12th Round Points Allocation 2019

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: Announcing the Latest Developments on Fiscal Terms and Bidding Criteria for Gabon’s 12th Offshore Licensing Round at the The 18th PESGB / HGS Conference on African E&P

H.E Noël MBOUMBA, Minister of Oil and Hydrocarbons, will be at The 18th PESGB / HGS Conference on African E&P held at Olympia London. The Minister held a talk on the Latest Developments on Fiscal Terms and Bidding Criteria for Gabon’s 12th Offshore Licensing Round at 16:50 on Tuesday 1st October 2019.

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

1:1 Meeting will be available on request with the Minister for Wednesday 2nd October 2019.

02 September 2019: 12th Gabon Licensing Round Bidding Criteria

Gabon’s Bidding Criteria, published by the Government, is available for download please click here for your copy.

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).


24 June 2019: Latest Developments on Fiscal Terms and Bidding Criteria

ON 24th July 2019, Gabon’s newly-appointed Minister of Petroleum and Hydrocarbons, Noël Mboumba, appeared at the Africa Assembly event staged by the Oil and Gas Council.

Mr. Mboumba gave a keynote presentation at the event which included crucial new information regarding the Fiscal Terms and Bidding criteria of Gabon’s 12th Offshore Licensing Round.

To watch the full presentation CLICK HERE and for a full copy of this presentation can be downloaded via THIS PAGE.

 8 June 2019: New Minister Appointed

Noël Mboumba has been appointed Minister of Petroleum and Hydrocarbons of Gabon following a major cabinet reshuffle announced in a speech of Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, on 8 June 2019. Mr. Mboumba comes from a strong background in both politics and the oil sector having formerly held the positions of Minister Delegate for the Budget, Minister Delegate for the Economy and also a former employee of oil supermajor, Total.

This ministerial post for Hydrocarbons seems the perfect fit for a man who has spent more than twenty years in the oil sector. From 1994 to 2004, he worked in Paris at Elf Aquitaine, now Total. In 2004, he graduated from the EDHEC Business School in Nice and went on to become the financial director for Gabon operations at several oil sector companies (Perenco, Maurel and Prom, Baker Hughes and Halliburton).

License Round Information


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