Natural gas discovered in northern Mozambique

19 February 2010

Nampula, Mozambique, 19 Feb – A reserve with a still unknown amount of natural gas has been discovered in northern Mozambique’s Rovuma River basin in the maritime area of Mocimboa da Praia region, Mineral Resources Minister Esperanca Bias has stated in Nampula.

The Maputo-based newspaper Noticias reported that drilling to date indicates a 147-metre thick formation at a depth of 3,600 metres in the first of three wells to be opened in the Rovuma basin’s maritime area.

Knowledge of this hydrocarbon’s existence results from research and prospecting for gas and oil in that region by the US group Anadarko, which has spent nearly US$250 million on operations since 2006.

“This is a technical discovery. Until a commercial discovery is made, which should take at least two years, two to four holes will be drilled this year near the one already done. The indicators from this discovery are positive, but must still be evaluated,” Bias added. (macauhub)