Anadarko succeeds with Windjammer offshore Mozambique

The Windjammer exploration well in the frontier Rovuma basin offshore Mozambique has reached an intermediate casing point and encountered more than 480 net ft (146 m) of natural gas pay in high-quality reservoir sands, with a gross column of more than 1,200 ft (366 m), says operator Anadarko.

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HOUSTON -- The Windjammer exploration well in the frontier Rovuma basin offshore Mozambique has reached an intermediate casing point and encountered more than 480 net ft (146 m) of natural gas pay in high-quality reservoir sands, with a gross column of more than 1,200 ft (366 m), says operator Anadarko. The well has tested one of seven identified play types in the company's operated acreage offshore Mozambique.

“The Windjammer discovery de-risks a substantial portion of approximately 50 leads and prospects that we've identified across our 2.6-million-acre position in the basin,” says Bob Daniels, Anadarko’s senior VP for worldwide exploration.

The Belford Dolphin drilled the well to 14,000 ft (4 267 m) in about 4,800 ft (1,463 m) of water. The company plans to drill another 4,100 ft (1,250 m) to gain additional geological information.

After testing the deeper objectives in the well, Anadarko plans to move the drillship to its Collier prospect, 50 mi (80 km) south-southeast of Windjammer. Anadarko also expects to drill two to four additional exploration wells in the Rovuma basin this year, with initial well results from Windjammer and Collier determining drilling plans.

Anadarko is the operator with an approximate 43% paying interest in the well. Co-owners are BPRL Ventures Mozambique (11.75%), Cove Energy Mozambique Rovuma Offshore (10%), Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area 1 (23.5%), and Videocon Mozambique Rovuma 1 (11.75%). Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, ep's 15% interest was carried through the exploration phase.

02/18/2010

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