BPCL discovers second natural gas reserve in Mozambique

Oct 19, 2010 12:00 AM

State-owned Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) said it has made a second natural gas discovery in a block off Mozambique.

Exploration well Barquentine drilled to about 5,145 meters, encountered "a total of more than 127 net meters of natural gas pay in multiple high quality sands," the company said.

Previously, well Windjammer had struck natural gas reserves. US firm Anadarko Petroleum is the operator of the block in Rovuma Basin, Area-1, offshore Mozambique, with 36.5 % interest while Bharat Petro Resources Ltd (BPRL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, owns 10 %. Videocon Mozambique Rovuma-1, a unit of Videocon Industries, has 10 % interest, Cove Energy Mozambique Rovuma Offshore 8.5 % and Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area-1 20 %. The balance 15 % is with Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, the national oil company of Mozambique.

"With the Windjammer, and now Barquentine discoveries, a substantial natural gas resources has been identified and the operator has initiated designing an appraisal program that will better delineate the area extent of this large accumulation," the company said. BPRL said "once operations are complete at Barquentine discoveries, Anadarko plans to mobilise the Belford Dolphin drillship approximately 25 km to the south to drill the Lagosta exploration well, which also is located in Offshore Area-1 of Rovuma Basin."

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