Anadarko Petroleum to drill more test wells in northern Mozambique

15 June 2012

Anadarko Mozambique Area 1 is expected to drill more prospecting wells after its oil and gas prospecting activities in the Rovuma basin, in northern Mozambique, a director of the Mozambique National Oil Institute said in Maputo.

Cited by daily newspaper Notícias, de Maputo, director Carlos Zacarias also said that the company was preparing to start detailed engineering studies on the model of exploration to be adopted for the reserves that have so far been found.

The study is expected to establish the number of wells needed to bring the gas to the surface, its transport to the industrial processing complex, as well as the size of the processing unit to be installed in Palma area, the northernmost district of Cabo Delgado province.

So far, the subsidiary of US group Anadarko Petroleum has drilled 13 wells that led to discoveries of large natural gas reserves, which are considered to be world class.

The latest well, called “Atum”, was finished this month and resulted in the discovery of natural gas 16.5 kilometres northeast of the “Golfinho” well where natural gas was also discovered in May, although it is thought that the two wells have found the same reserve of natural gas.

Zacarias gave no figures for the amount of investment needed to implement the liquefaction project for the natural gas found so far by Anadarko, but the group is expected to invest up to US$15 billion. (macauhub)