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Country profile: Gambia

Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and Senegal
Climate: tropical; hot, rainy season (June to November); cooler, dry season (November to May)
Terrain: flood plain of the Gambia River flanked by some low hills
Size: 11300 sq. km total (Land area: 10000 sq. km  Water area: 1300 sq.km)
Population: 1,501,050 (July 2003 est.)
Languages: English (official), Mandinka, Wolof, Fula, other indigenous vernaculars
Government: republic under multiparty democratic rule
Capital city: Banjul
Legal system: based on a composite of English common law, Koranic law, and customary law; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations
Currency: dalasi (GMD)

Country profile

The Gambia gained its independence from the UK in 1965; it formed a short-lived federation of Senegambia with Senegal between 1982 and 1989. In 1991 the two nations signed a friendship and cooperation treaty. A military coup in 1994 overthrew the president and banned political activity, but a 1996 constitution and presidential elections, followed by parliamentary balloting in 1997, completed a nominal return to civilian rule.

The country undertook another round of presidential and legislative elections in late 2001 and early 2002. The Gambia is one of the 15 countries that make up the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). ECOWAS members include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. ECOWAS was created on May 28, 1975 in Lagos, Nigeria. It was established to promote cooperation and integration in order to create an economic and monetary union for promoting economic growth and development in West Africa.

Energy production and consumption

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Gambia - recent news

21 Sep 20
Gambia: PetroNor reaches agreement for the reinstatement of the A4 licence offshore Gambia
PetroNor has reached a mutual agreement with the Government of The Gambia to settle its Arbitration related to the A1 and A4 licences, offshore Gambia. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, PetroNor will regain the A4 licence and sign a 30-year lease under new terms.
25 Jun 20
Gambia: FAR signs new JOA's for Gambia blocks - still seeking farmout
FAR Ltd and PETRONAS have signed new Joint Operating Agreements ('JOA’s') in respect of the A2 and A5 Blocks offshore The Republic of The Gambia. Efforts to find an additional partner for the drilling of the next well, which will be a test of the southern culmination of the Sangomar field, are ongoing.
17 Apr 20
Gambia: TGS commences ‘Gambito 2020’ 3D seismic survey offshore The Gambia
TGS has commenced the ‘Gambito 2020’ 3D seismic survey offshore The Gambia. The survey covers open acreage in deep and ultra-deep waters. Located at the heart of the MSGBC basin, the survey is adjacent to Jaan, a fully harmonized 30,000 sq km 3D multi-client seismic project which recently delivered final PSTM/PSDM products.
25 Mar 20
FAR suspends Gambia drilling plans and delays Sangomar development plans offshore Senegal
FAR Limited has implemented plans to ensure business continuity and preserve the Company’s cash in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent crash in oil price. FAR will be temporarily suspending drilling plans for Gambia Blocks A2 and A5 and, along with operator Woodside, delaying expenditure at its Sangomar development, offshore Senegal.
07 Jan 20
Gambia: Shearwater GeoServices awarded Gambia 3D seismic project by FAR
Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a 3D Isometrix seismic acquisition project by FAR Gambia. The survey will cover parts of Block A5 offshore Gambia in the rapidly emerging and prolific Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Conakry ('MSGBC') Basin.

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