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East Africa Oil Group

As the name suggests East Africa Oil Group or EAOG is a group created to explore for oil plays along the flanks of the Western Indian Ocean from Cape Town northwards to Somalia and oceanwards from Madagascar to the Comoros, Seychelles and the Cambay region of India.

The group comprises five explorers who have been continuously active in this region, either individually and collectively, with various companies over the last couple of decades. During that time some 270 oil occurrences have been examined, mostly by directly obtaining and analysing oil samples. The results are now integrated with their local and plate settings. The result is that EAOF understand the origin and distribution of the East Africa margin hydrocarbons and are able to determine where commercial oil will most likely be found.

Chris Matchette-Downes - founder
Chris has been in the upstream business for over 30 years, including time with BP, BG and more recently Black Marlin Energy. A petroleum geochemist, Chris is well-respected for work done in both East Africa and in the greater Caribbean region and has undertaken several geoscientific reviews of the region since 2003. He was a founder of Black Marlin which was sold in 2010 for 100 + mln USD. He is a
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