South African petrochemical company Sasol plans to start prospecting for natural gas in the deep waters of the Mozambique sedimentary basin, some 130 kilometres from the city of Beira, the capital of Sofala province, a director of Sasol Petroleum international (SPI) said in Beira.
Peter Dekker, SPI’s director for exploration activities in Africa, also said that drilling for the next well would be carried out between 15 July and 15 August, and that the probability of finding natural gas was estimated at 25 percent.
Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, Dekker said that work on the first well, which was 4,000 metres deep, would take 45 days and, if the result is positive, the potential of the reserve would be assessed in order to drill, over six month, another well for commercial exploration.
Later, Dekker said, a second test will would be drilled in the region covered by the M-10 offshore concession. (macauhub)