Mozambique extends license to explore natural gas due to lack of security in Cabo Delgado

8 June 2018

The Wentworth Resources group, through subsidiary Artumas Moçambique Petróleos Limitada, has secured an extension of the license to prospect for natural gas in northern Mozambique due to security issues in some areas of Cabo Delgado province, according to a statement issued on Wednesday.

The statement also said that the group received confirmation from the National Oil Institute that its application for a one-year extension had been authorised and will come into force as of 16 June, 2018, “which will allow Wentworth, along with its partner Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, to continue to prepare the campaign for drilling wells in the Tembo block.”

The group added that the request for extension was partly because of the situation in the regions of Mocímboa da Praia and Palma, near the Tembo block, which has prevented its own staff and the contractor’s staff from safely accessing the site.

The Wentworth Resources group, based in Calgary, Canada (known as Artumas Group Inc. until September 2010) discovered underground natural gas deposits in the subsoil of Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, in 2014 through the Tembo 1 borehole, drilled to a depth of 4,500 metres and plans to drill another well to assess existing potential. (macauhub)