Please, do not ruin this thread with the usual my dad is better than your dad, I beg of you.
Significant events, timeline
2011 - Drilling (flow tests), part of equipment arrived.
2005-2011 - Exploration in Nugaal and Dharoor blocks
2005 - Rights sold to Range Resources
1991 - World Bank coordinated initiative launched by AAPG, Eastern Hemisphere Group in London
Encouraging private investment to develop the petroleum potential of 8 African sub-Saharan countries. Somalia and Sudan ranked at the top of the list of the eight.
In 5 decades - The Ministry + oil companies + donors from the international community + World Bank Funded to Drill 70 exploratory wells in Somalia in about 60 years of exploration. Some of them were promising. Currently, Somalia is under-explored and became neglected
1991 - The National Exploration Archive of the Ministry of Minerals & Water Resources
The archive, stores and the database were burnt, looted and destroyed.
1989 - Evaluation of Hydrocarbon potential of Somalia
1960 - 1990 - Ministry of Petroleum, Minerals & Water Resources: Built Stores, archive and database
The ministry built a National Exploration Archive in which confidential and un-confidential documents, cores and seismic data were stored.
1988 - 1991 - Report on World Bank-coordinated activity, headed by Thomas E. O Connor, ZR Beydoun from Marathon Oil (2008 Revenue: $77 Billion) and others. The activity was funded by the World bank, UNDP, Canada, France and UK in addition to some western oil companies. The activity focused on regional hydrocarbon study of the countries bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. [Saudi Arabia did not participate]. The study indicated that there is good potential for oil and gas deposits in Northern Somalia
1980s - 12 International oil companies, including Conoco, Amoco, Arco, Chevron, Shell (Pecten), Phillips and Agip, ENI, sought and obtained exploration rights in Somalia Oil companies leased exploration blocks in the North, Northeast and Central Somalia to explore and develop oil and gas.
1977 - Hilal AF, Pvan G and Robba E published the stratigraphy of the Somali sedimentary basins
Geologia stratigrafica della Somalia, Quaderni Di Geologia, Vol. 1, pp. 19 -50, Facolta Di Geologia, Univ. Naz. Som, Mogadishu
1976 - Barnes SU of Sinclair Somal Corporation (1955 -1960)
Geology and oil prospects of Somalia, East Africa, AAPG, Vol. 60, no.3, pp.389 -413
1975 - Rompetrol of Romania (state-owned oil company)
Considerations on the oil prospects of the Democratic Republic of Somalia; unpublished, Bucharest, Romania
1973 - Beltrandi M. and Pyre A
Geological evolution of SW Somalia; in Blant G, ED.; Sedimentary basins of S and E African Coast; pp. 152 -178, ***. Serv. Geol. Afrique; Paris
1972 - The geological survey team of the People's Republic of China
Report on petroleum and coal survey of the Somali Democratic Republic; Beijing
1972 - The Scientific TeamDeep Sea Drilling Project; Legs 23 -25, Geotimes, Vol. 17
1960 - Lyons P. and Benison A. of Sinclair Somali Corporation
Somalia: Geological and geophysical report, unpublished, Mogadishu, Somalia
1957 -1977 AGIP Mineraria AGIP Somalia
Unpublished reports, Mogadishu; Somalia
1968 - Andrews SM; Sinclair Somalia corporation Unpublished final report, Mogadishu; Somalia
25 - 1950 - 1970 Oil companies (AGIP and Sinclair) For 2 decades companies worked actively, though their reports were confidential
1960 - Azzaroli A. and Merla G.
The geologic map of the Somali peninsula
1958 - Azzaroli A. and Merla G.
Geologic map of Somalia and Ethiopia, including "Somali Galbeed".
1948 - In Kenya, Dixey published a report.
The Jurassic succession of NE Kenya and the Juba River (the Jubaland) < Kenya's current interests?
1954 - The Somaliland Oil Exploration Company Ltd.
Geological reconnaissance of the sedimentary deposits of the protectorate of British Somaliland
1946 - C.I. Migliorini of AGIP Mineraria
Geologic studies on the Somali State of Ethiopia
1933 - Guiseppe Stefanini of the National Research Council of Italy
A report + Geologic map of Horn of Africa
1925 - Guiseppe Stafanini
Compiled a report on the geology of Italian Somaliland (Southern Somalia)1870 - WT Blanford of the Geological survey of India
Wrote the earliest geologic report of East Africa, including Somalia