Mozambican students receive geology and oil training in Malaysia

25 May 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 May – Nineteen Mozambican students have travelled to Malaysia to take part in training courses in the Geology and Mining, and Oil sectors Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported, citing the president of the National Oil Institute (INP).

Arsénio Mabote, president of the INP, said that this was not the first time that Mozambique had sent students to Malaysia, noting, for example, that last year another group of 10 students had been sent to the country.

“Our aim is not only to train staff for the State, as we also want to ensure that the country has qualified technical staff for the national oil industry,” he said.

In Mozambique oil and gas prospecting and surveying activities are mainly focused on the Mozambique and Rovuma sedimentary basins.

At the end of 2009, intensive research activities were underway in the Rovuma basin, which continued until the beginning of 2010, resulting in six test wells. Natural gas was found in four.

The oil associated to the gas was discovered in the third well known as Ironclad, after in the second well, Windjammer, drilled in February of last year, US multinational company Anadarko announced the discovery of gas at sea, at a depth of 3,600 metres.

As well as Anadarko there are three other companies surveying and prospecting for hydrocarbons in the Rovuma basin, Italy’s ENI, Malaysia’s Petronas and Norway’s Statoil. (macauhub)