Mozambique offshore natural gas potential rising fast, says Anadarko

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. says its successes offshore Mozambique has boosted the potential of Offshore Area 1 in Rovuma basin.

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HOUSTON – Anadarko Petroleum Corp. says its successes offshore Mozambique has boosted the potential of Offshore Area 1 in Rovuma basin.

The most recent appraisal well at Camarão found 240 ft (73 m) of natural gas pay in an “excellent quality” reservoir and also confirmed static pressure connectivity with the previous Windjammer and Lagosta discoveries. The Camarão well also discovered 140 net ft (43 m) of natural gas pay in shallower Miocene and Oligocene sands not encountered in previous wells.

“The results of our activity to date provide high confidence that the Windjammer, Barquentine, Lagosta and Camarão complex holds at least 10 tcf of recoverable natural gas resources,” said Bob Daniels, Senior VP, Worldwide Exploration. “We are optimistic that our current resource estimates will increase, as we still have significant exploration and appraisal work ahead of us, including the evaluation of two newly acquired 3D seismic datasets and expanded prospect opportunities. We are mobilizing a second deepwater drillship to the Rovuma basin to accelerate the campaign, which includes an extensive reservoir testing program and up to seven exploration/appraisal wells over the next 12 months.”

The Camarão discovery well was drilled to TD of 12,630 ft (3,850 m) in water depths of approximately 4,730 ft (1,442 m). The well is 5 mi (8 km) south of the partnership’s original Windjammer discovery and approximately 10 mi (16 km) north of its Lagosta discovery. The Camarão well will be preserved as part of the partnership’s drillstem testing program, and the drillship will be mobilized north to drill the Barquentine-3 appraisal well.

Anadarko is the operator of the 2.6-million-acre Offshore Area 1 with a 36.5% working interest. Co-owners in the area are Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area 1 Ltd (20%), BPRL Ventures Mozambique B.V. (10%), Videocon Mozambique Rovuma 1 Ltd (10%), and Cove Energy Mozambique Rovuma Offshore Ltd. (8.5%). Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, E.P.’s 15% interest is carried through the exploration phase. 



10/05/2011

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