Australian company to study sea conditions in Rovuma basin in Mozambique

6 December 2011

Sandy Bay, Australia, 6 Dec – US oil company Anadarko Petroleum has hired Australian company Metocean Services International (MSI) to study the sea conditions in the Rovuma basin, Mozambique for a two-year period, the company said.

In a statement published on its website, MSI said that the study was intended to measure wind, waves, currents, air and water temperatures, tides etc, measurements which, once they have been processed, will help to design oil exploration both on and offshore.

Under the terms of the contract, Metocean Services International will set seven buoys with measuring equipment in shallow water and seven more in deep water, varying from depths of 6 metres to 2,000 metres and establish two weather stations – one on land and one at sea.

At the end of November, the US oil group announced a new natural gas discovery in Mozambique, increasing the reserves already discovered in the Rovuma basin.

In a statement issued on its website, the group also announced that the block where it was prospecting for hydrocarbons had between 15 and 30 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas.

Anadarko is the operator of the block in the Rovuma basin with a 36.5 percent stake, with the remainder in the hands of Mozambique’s ENH (15 percent), Japan’s Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area 1, Ltd (20 percent), BPRL Ventures Mozambique (10 percent), Videocon Mozambique Rovuma 1 (10 percent) both from India and UK company Cove Energy Mozambique Rovuma Offshore (8.5 percent). (macauhub)