Company finalises environmental impact study for oil surveying in two blocks in Mozambique

25 August 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 Aug – The environmental impact study for hydrocarbon surveys at sea, in blocks M10, north of Inhambane province, and Sofala, in the province of the same name, is expected to be delivered to the government this year, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

The paper added that Impacto, the company hired by South Africa’s sasol, is finalising the report and noted that the draught pre-feasibility study that had been submitted for public consultationshowed no obstacles to carrying out the project.

South African petrochemical company Sasol, which is responsible for natural gas exploration in Pande and Temane, in Inhambane province, expects to launch drilling operations next year that could lead to the discovery of hydrocarbons in blocks M10 and Sofala.

There are as yet no details of the number of wells, or their exact location, as although seismic surveys have been carried out, they need to be combined with the results of the environmental impact studies.

Surveying for hydrocarbons in these two blocks has some advantages, as this is an area with a lot of available information from previous studies carried out by Sasol, and particularly when it worked on blocks 16 and 19, in Inhambane province.

Uke Overvest, of Impacto, said that at block M10 there were no sensitive habitats and that the Bazaruto archipelago (a marine biodiversity area) is at least 50 kilometres from the borders of block M10 and more than 100 kilometres from the Sofala block.

The M10 and Sofala blocks were granted to Sasol in partnership with Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), the former with an area of 3,000 square kilometres and the latter of over 8,600 square kilometres. (macauhub)