Norway’s DNO to drill for hydrocarbons in Mozambique

23 August 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 23 Aug – The Norwegian company DNO plans to drill a hydrocarbon exploration well in the Inhaminga bloc of the Mozambican sedimentary basin, reports the Maputo-based daily Noticias.

The newspaper specifies that the company is opening contacts with view to contracting the platform needed for the drilling work, which should in principle begin in October.

DNO has been present in Mozambique since 2003 and has already carried out hydrocarbon exploration activities in the Inhaminga bloc, including 2D seismic acquisition, aeromagnetic data surveys and geo-chemical sampling in the interior of Dondo and Muanza districts in Sofala.

The Inhaminga bloc has specific characteristics for the occurrence of hydrocarbons, especially natural gas, and encompasses the districts of Cheringoma, Caia, Gorongosa and Maringue, all in Sofala province.

Mozambique became a global reference for hydrocarbon production when natural gas began to be exported in mid-2006 from the Pande and Temane fields in Inhambane province, operated on a concession basis by the South African multinational Sasol.

The Texas-based US company Anadarko Petroleum announced last week that it had discovered the presence of oil in a Rovuma Basin bloc.

Three other companies besides Anadarko are exploring and prospecting for hydrocarbons in the Rovuma Basin: ENI of Italy, Petronas of Malaysia and Statoil of Norway. (macauhub)