Impact Oil & Gas (PRIVATE-UK:IMP)

Impact Oil & Gas (PRIVATE-UK:IMP)

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Impact Oil & Gas

Impact is a privately owned oil and gas exploration company, dedicated to discovering new potential in underexplored sedimentary basins offshore Africa.With an established world class asset portfolio specifically focused on South and West Africa and an experienced management team, Impact has emerged as a leader of exploration in African frontier acreage.

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Impact Oil & Gas Snapshot


Impact Oil & Gas aims to become a leading oil and gas exploration company. The company is currently building an extensive portfolio with a clear strategic focus as an African only, exploration only, company, committed to sourcing high-potential exploration opportunities on the African continental margins. The company specialises in applying the latest seismic and processing techniques to maximise data quality and increase the chance of successfully identifying the most prospective blocks in medium to deep water exploration offshore South and West Africa.


Impact Oil & Gas was founded in 2009 by a team of highly experienced geoscientists with many years of exploration experience in the oil and gas industry. In addition to growing the business through finding the most prospective blocks within this defined geographic region, the management team has been building relationships with important stakeholders around the world, which have enabled Impact to compete and win blocks in some of the most prized regions and hotly contested auctions in recent years. 


Impact Oil & Gas is open and honest in all its dealings with companies, governments, NGOs and other industry groups, and operates sustainably and with integrity wherever it does business. Impact Oil & Gas also conducts all its operations in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.


Impact Oil & Gas offers a unique offshore exploration investment opportunity, as the company aims to continue partnering with major oil and gas producers, to ensure economically viable production from the company’s licence areas, providing shareholders with high capital growth potential.



Impact Oil & Gas Ltd, through its subsidiary Impact Africa Limited, maintains an interest in four prospective areas offshore South Africa. An Exploration Permit and three Technical Cooperation Permits are held:

 1. Tugela South Exploration Right


  • 2. Tugela North Technical Co-operation Permit
  • 3. Western Bredasdorp Technical Co-operation Permit
  • 4. Transkei & Algoa Technical Co-operation Permit



Technical Cooperation Permit (TCP)


A permit issued to applicant in terms of section 77(1) of MPRDA which allows the applicant to do desktop study, acquire seismic data from other sources including the Agency, etc; but does not include any prospecting or exploration activities.


A TCP gives the holder the exclusive right to apply for an Exploration Right, A right granted to the applicant in terms of section 80 of MPRDA to re-process the existing seismic data, acquisition and processing of new seismic data or any other related activity to define a trap to be tested by drilling, logging and testing, including extended well testing, of a well with the intention of locating a discovery. 

An Exploration Right normally lasts for an initial 3-year period with three possible 2-year extensions – i.e. a total of 9 years.


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Block 2913B covers 9,000 square kilometers in a location 300km offshore southernmost Namibia, immediately adjacent to the South Africa maritime boundary, and within 3,000m of water.  


The acreage lies along the western toe of the Orange River delta, where deep marine fan sands are contained within large structural traps.


Whilst Block 2913B is located 150km west of the Kudu Gas field, recent exploration wells along the outer fringes of the Orange Basin have demonstrated that there exists a rich oil prospective zone running through the block.


Impact commenced acquisition of new 2D seismic data immediately upon receiving Namibian government consent for its entry to the license. 


These data will be interpreted before year end 2014 with a view to acquiring high quality 3D seismic over selected prospect and leads during 2015.



Further information on Gabon assets to follow as soon as negotiations are completed with the government.



This 4,000 square kilometer deep-water exploration license is located 100km to the south-west of the Guinea Bissau archipelago and 200km from Bissau town. 


The shallow water of Guinea Bissau and southern Senegal is dominated by a thick Mesozoic carbonate shelf, punctured by salt domes.  Two nearby oil accumulations are located on such structures -- the giant Dome Flore oilfield lying 100km to the north, and the Sinapa oil discovery immediately to the north-east of Block 4B.


To the west of the platform edge lies a large unexplored marine fan of Middle and Upper Cretaceous age, the Casamance Fan, which filled the deep water area with up to 4,000m of interbedded source rock mudstones and reservoir sandstones. 


Impact’s interpretation of existing seismic data over this deep margin has demonstrated the presence of large stratigraphic traps with the potential to contain giant oil accumulations.  Impact is currently preparing to enter the second exploration phase of this license, during which it will acquire 3D seismic over much of the license in order to increase the definition of drillable prospects.


Mike is a qualified geophysicist and a proven oil finder with over 35 years’ industry experience in senior technical, commercial and management roles. He started his career in the seismic industry and was a co-founder of Merlin Geophysical Company limited in 1979. In 1981 he became CEO of Merlin and organized the merger of Merlin and Seismic Profilers to form an integrated acquisition and processing company called Merlin Profilers. This integrated company was acquired by Schlumberger in 1986. Since then Mike has been CEO of a number of E&P companies with global operations. He joined the publicly-listed Ardmore Petroleum as CEO and arranged the merger of Ardmore and Tuskar Resources PLC. He served as CEO of Tuskar for a number of years before leaving to become Chief Executive of Trans-Dominion Energy Corporation – a TSX listed company. Mike established Impact Oil & Gas Limited in 2009.

He has an MA in Physics from Trinity College Dublin.


Steve is a petroleum geologist with 30 years industry experience. He is a respected geoscientist with experience in all aspects of petroleum geology including seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation. He has been geotechnical advisor on a number of A&D transactions and has a broad knowledge of the hydrocarbon systems of Africa and the Middle East. Steve has instructed governments and NOC`s on New Ventures methods. Steve has a BSc in Geology from Kingston University and is a fellow of the Geological Society of London.



Robert has 27 years of extensive experience in the energy industry, having worked in both upstream oil and gas and in downstream power generation. His career with Phillips Petroleum, Ranger Oil, Powergen, RWE, Baltic Oil Terminals and Regal Petroleum has given him in-depth exposure to onshore and offshore exploration and production, with experience of M&A, IPO and structured finance. He has worked on projects in the North Sea, Africa, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Russia and Eastern Europe.

Robert holds a BSc in Geology & Geophysics from Imperial College, London and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales, having qualified with Ernst & Young, London.



Charles is geophysicist with over 30 years industry experience. He is currently based in Singapore and worked during the 1990's and mid 2000's for Digicon and at PGS where he was Vice President of PGS Asia Pacific. He now works at a leading geophysical group that focuses primarily on project management/consultancy and non-exclusive seismic collection and data sales. In the 1980`s, Charles worked for Oxy/Bond Petroleum in Western Australia and was  involved in a number of  NW Shelf discoveries in Australia. Before that he worked for  Soekor now PetroSA in South Africa.


Tony has 40 years experience in the international oil and gas industry. He began his career at Mobil Oil in supply and trading, subsequently moving to the City of London as an analyst at stockbrokers Fielding, Newson-Smith & Co. In 1974, he joined Chase Manhattan Bank where he was responsible for managing the bank’s relationships with corporate energy clients and executing related transactions. In 1986, following a spell as Head of the European Oil Team at Bank of America, Tony joined Hill Samuel Bank where he was a Director in Corporate Finance developing and implementing corporate finance business in the energy sector. On leaving the City, Tony became directly involved in the establishment and development of small companies in the E & P sector. He was Finance Director of Jehan Energy [later renamed Hardy Oil & Gas] and subsequently CEO of Mercury Oil & Gas Ltd.

Tony has a BSc [Hons] in Civil Engineering from Edinburgh.



Sean was born and raised in Durban and after graduating from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 1994 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Sean moved to London where he joined Sanlam UK as a project manager and networks specialist. At that time Sanlam purchased Hichens Harrison & Co ("HH"), Londons oldest stockbroker established in 1803. Sean was then headhunted by HH and qualified as a stockbroker on the London Stock Exchange. Sean specialised as a corporate broker in London Stock Exchange AiM market flotations and equity fund raisings. He gained wide experience in many different sectors, including oil and gas, in over 70 stock exchange listings and fund raisings.

Sean was then promoted to Managing Director for Hichens Harrison Africa; he relocated to Cape Town and set up a full service investment bank and sponsor to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Subsequently, Sean was involved with the sale of HH to Religare, a large Indian financial services company, for $120m.

After the completion of the sale, Sean joined the previous HH CEO and together established MENA-RL; a niche consultancy firm based in the Middle East and Africa. He advised five UK investment banks and various other clients before it was purchased outright by UK investment bank Daniel Stewart & Co plc ("DS"). Sean then joined DS as Head of Africa where he continued to be involved with Oil and Gas deals. Sean then assisted in raising the first large capital sum for Impact and subsequently, assisted Impact with many different business aspects, especially in relation to South Africa.

Sean joined Impact permanently in Oct 2012 as Country Manager for South Africa and was also made an executive director of Impact Africa limited.



After serving 12 years in the British Parachute Regiment, and French Foreign Legion James joined Woodside Energy as head of Global Security and Risk. Moving into a commercial role he consulted for a number of companies in the oil and gas industry ranging from start-ups to super majors, predominantly in Africa. In 2006 he joined Ophir Energy, as general manager in Gabon, where he was responsible for their 2008 drilling campaign.

At the end of 2008 James was promoted to Director of Business Development and New Ventures in London, where he was instrumental in the exponential growth of the business and responsible for the majority of Ophir’s commercial transactions until leaving in May 2013. James is bilingual in French and English and holds a Master’s degree in Law from Leicester university.



Phil brings over 30 years international upstream oil and gas technical and business leadership experience to Impact. He has spent over 15 years with Enterprise Oil, where he took leading technical roles in high impact exploration and production projects. He has subsequently built and sold three successful start-up businesses, providing significant shareholder returns, and has worked with a number of Africa/Mediterranean focused junior oil companies, including Grove Petroleum and Black Star Petroleum. Phil is a Fellow of the Geological Society and holds an MBA and an MSc in petroleum geology.



Siraj spent over eight years at Linklaters LLP where, as a Managing Associate in the Global Projects Team, he took leading roles in a broad range of cross-jurisdictional transactions and specialised in oil and gas. 

 Siraj has advised IOCs and small and mid-cap companies in the oil and gas sector on transactions in more than 15 different jurisdictions across Africa. He has extensive experience advising on PSAs, upstream M&A, partnering and joint venture arrangements and LNG projects. Siraj also brings with him considerable experience of dealing with Governments and has been involved in a number of negotiations with Government delegations in Africa. He has also worked closely with senior management at a number of small and mid-cap companies, advising on key commercial and legal risks

Impact Oil & Gas Ltd (UK)

Griffin House

West Street


Surrey GU21 6BS

United Kingdom

[email protected]

Telephone: +44 1483 750 588


Impact Africa Ltd (SA)

First Floor, Block A

7 West Quay Road

V&A Waterfront

Cape Town


South Africa

Telephone: +27 21 834 9701


Registered office:

c/o Leigh Saxton Green

Clearwater House

4-7 Manchester Street

London W1U 3 AE


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