THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Anadarko has issued an update on its exploration and development operations offshore Mozambique.
Late last year the Orca #4 appraisal well was completed on the Orca discovery in Offshore Area 1, after encountering natural gas pay in two reservoirs.
Analysis is under way to define future appraisal requirements and an optimum potential development scenario.
Late last year, drilling of the Tubarão Tigre #2 began, the first appraisal well of this 2014 discovery.
During 4Q, the government ofMozambique gazetted its Decree Law, designed to help provide the appropriate framework for a stable business environment for investors, customers, financiers, and construction contractors. This is expected to benefit Anadarko as it advances its large-scale LNG project to harness gas from its various deepwater fields.
The Offshore Area 1 partners also continued to progress long-term LNG sales agreements, recently adding non-binding heads of agreement (HOAs) with customers in Asian markets. The HOAs in place now cover a total of more than 8 MM metric tons/yr (8.8 MM tons/yr).
In block CI-103 offshoreCôte d’Ivoire, appraisal drilling on the Paon discovery has been encouraging, Anadarko says. The Paon-3AR, drilled 3.7 mi (5.9 km) downdip to the discovery well encountered more than 94 ft (28.6 m) of pay.
It also established an oil/water contact and appears to be in communication with the Paon-1X well.
Following this successful outcome, drilling of the Paon- 4A was accelerated. This well, 6 mi (9.7 km) east of Paon-3AR, penetrated more than 37 ft (11.3 m) of pay in the target section and defined the eastern extent of the reservoir.
The partners and the government are in talks concerning additional appraisal drilling activity this year, which would include a drillstem test.