Mozambique: Government seeks oil prospecting training from Angola

5 March 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 March – The government of Mozambique has send staff to Angola to receive training for three years in areas related to surveying and prospecting for oil, the Mozambican press reported Tuesday.

According to Portuguese news agency Lusa, the press said that staff from the Mozambican Mining Resources Ministry would be trained in Sumbe, in the Angolan province of Kwanza-Sul, in the areas of Oil and Mining Geology.

At the end of his visit to Mozambique in October 2007, Angola’s president, José Eduardo dos Santos, pledged to provide Maputo “with all the experience and knowledge” Angola had in the oil sector.

Oil was one of the nine areas covered by cooperation agreements between Angola and Mozambique signed as part of the two-day visit by dos Santos to Maputo.

The Mozambican government maintains it is confident of the existence of commercially viable oil reserves in the country, especially in the Rovuma basin (the river separating Mozambique from Tanzania) and the Zambezi river delta (central Mozambique).

The biggest prospecting operations are focused on the Rovuma basin.

Recently, US company Anadarko, Italy’s ENI, Norway’s Norsk Hydro and DNO, Malaysia’s Petronas and Canada’s Artuma, won tenders launched by the Mozambican government for oil prospecting in the Rovuma basin.

At the same time, the Mozambican government launched in December of last year, the third international tender for oil surveying, this time in the Mozambique basin, over an area of 61,000 square kilometres.

In this area of the country, amongst others, are Brazilian oil company Petrobras which, in partnership with Petronas (Malaysia), is working on hydrocarbon production in the Zambezi delta.

The Malaysian company is expected in the first half of this year to start its second phase of surveys in the Zambezi Delta and plans to drill an offshore well at a cost of US$20 to US$25 million. (macauhub)