Anadarko hits gas offshore Mozambique

THE TUBARARO WELL in deepwater offshore Mozambique encountered a natural gas pay, says Anadarko Petroleum Corp. The well found 34m of pay with no water in an Eocene reservoir that is distinct from the three discoveries offshore in the Rovuma basin.

The Tubarao discovery was drilled to TD of 4,237m in water depths of approximately 898m, 29 km off the Mozambique coast. The partnership plans to preserve the wellbore for possible future testing.

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

"The discovery at the Tubarao prospect opens an entirely new play style, which has additional opportunities in Mozambique's Offshore Area 1," Anadarko Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Exploration Bob Daniels said.

"This is our fourth significant discovery in the offshore Rovuma basin and further strengthens our confidence in our geologic and geophysical models of the basin. Our seismic imaging indicates Tubarao's areal extent could cover about 15,000 acres that will be better defined with appraisal drilling."

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