Cameroon has launched an open international tender for a feasibility study ahead of a proposed onshore 3D seismic acquisition in the Douala/Kribi-Campo basin, stretching south to the border of Equatorial Guinea and comprising acreage not allocated under the last licensing exercise.

Bid will be opened on 6 March but suitors must first acquire documentation by 14 February ahead of meeting officials from state player SNH on 17 February, followed by a four-day site visit, according to a statement released this week on the SNH website.

Located adjoining acreage already allocated to Perenco, the area to be mapped includes the Ntem, Elombo, Tilapia blocks for which the successful bidder must within four months assess the likely cost of any seismic campaign, detailing drilling requirements, topography and mobilisation expenditure.

SNH stipulates that the successful candidate will provide terms of reference for the selecting a seismic contractor but shall not be “eligible for consultation on performing the subsequent 3D seismic acquisition".

Cameroon last year revamped its Petroleum Code, which significantly tightened up local content, community and environmental protection regulations.