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Analysis of samples have yielded several positive results. (Image source: Invictus Energy)

In an update on the Cabora Bassa project, Zimbabwe, Invictus Energy confirmed that Mukuyu is rich in gas 

The company has come to this positive conclusion from the preliminary compositional analysis of downhole fluid samples from the well.

The natural gas found is of high quality with minimal impurities (<2% CO2 and nil H2S), which means it can be passed for sale to downstream customers with very little processing. 

The ratio of the rich gas-condensate discovery is estimated between 14-22 barrels per mn standard cu/ft of gas at Mukuyu-2 with 50-60 API gravity condensate. 

The company has also found helium and hydrogen in the gas stream.

Results consistent with Invictus’ geological modelling show increasing liquid hydrocarbon content south towards Basin Margin and increasing dry gas contribution from the deeper kitchen and higher maturity source rock to the north of Mukuyu structure. The company is in the process of analysing more samples.

The managing director of Invictus Energy which owns and operates 80% of the Cabora Bassa project, M Scott Macmillan, said, "We are extremely pleased with the early results from the downhole reservoir fluid sample analysis which confirms a large and rich gas-condensate discovery at Mukuyu.

"The analysed samples demonstrate a consistent, high-quality natural gas composition, exhibiting low inert content, containing less than 2% CO2 and nil H2S which will require minimal processing.

"The results from Mukuyu-2 are consistent with our geological modelling of the Cabora Bassa Basin and the presence of both light oil and gas condensate provides us with confidence as we prepare for the next phase of our appraisal program and work towards the monetisation of the Mukuyu gas discoveries and further exploration of our exciting portfolio of multiple drill ready prospects which has been substantially enhanced by the positive results from Mukuyu."