Ophir, BG Group discover gas in Tanzania

Oct 02, 2014 12:00 AM

Ophir Energy on Thursday said that Kamba-1 well in Block 4 has resulted in gas discoveries of 1.03TCF in the Kamba and Fulusi prospects offshore Tanzania.

BG operates the Block 4 licence and Ophir holds a 20% interest.

The well was drilled in a water depth of 1,379m to a total depth of 3,969m with the twin objectives of intersecting the Paleocene-aged Fulusi prospect and the primary target of the Cretaceous-aged Kamba prospect, Ophir said.

According to Ophir, Kamba-1 well encountered an 18m gross gas column in the Fulusi prospect and, after sidetracking to test the Kamba prospect, the Kamba-1ST well established another gas column of 140m with high net to gross, good quality, reservoir sands.

The Kamba-1 discovery is the JV’s 16th consecutive discovery well in Blocks 1, 3 and 4.

This discovery, plus recent volume updates on the earlier discoveries, increases Ophir’s estimate of the total Block 1, 3 and 4 mean (2C) recoverable resource to 17.1TCF.

The Kamba-1 result provides critical mass for an LNG train to be supplied from the fields in Block 4 and also takes the overall resource volume to the threshold for a future potential third LNG train to be from Blocks 1 and 4, Ophir stated.

“The Kamba discovery has now confirmed sufficient aggregate resource in Block 4 to supply one 5MMTPA train of LNG. In combination with the discovered resource in Block 1, the Block 1 and 4 Joint Venture is now close to the threshold resource volumes for three 5MMTPA LNG trains,” Nick Cooper, CEO, commented.

The Kamba-1 well represents the Joint Venture’s final well in this current drilling campaign.

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