Mozambique appraisal well cuts 777 ft of gas pay

By OGJ editors

A well that appraised the Anadarko Petroleum Corp. group’s Lagosta and Camarao discoveries has logged the largest pay count of any well in the complex offshore Mozambique to date.

Lagosta-2, 4.4 miles north of the Lagosta discovery and 5.3 miles south of the Camarao well, encountered 777 total net ft of natural gas pay in multiple zones.

Anadarko said the results “support our recoverable resource estimates of 15 to 30+ tcf of natural gas in the discovery area on our block, as well as provide additional information that will be incorporated into our models to help determine the optimal subsea development plans for the complex.”

Meanwhile, a second deepwater drillship, the Deepwater Millennium, arrived in Mozambique to begin an accelerated test program that will include installing observation gauges and conducting several drillstem tests. Final investment decision for the project is expected in 2013.

Lagosta-2 went to 14,223 ft in 4,813 ft of water in Offshore Area 1 in the Rovuma basin. The partnership will preserve Lagosta-2 for future use during the planned drillstem test program in the Windjammer, Barquentine, and Lagosta complex. Once operations are complete, the Belford Dolphin deepwater drillship will drill the Lagosta-3 appraisal well.

Anadarko is operator of 2.6-million-acre Offshore Area 1 with a 36.5% working interest. Co-owners are Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area 1 Ltd. 20%, BPRL Ventures Mozambique BV 10%, Videocon Mozambique Rovuma 1 Ltd. 10%, and Cove Energy Mozambique Rovuma Offshore Ltd. 8.5%. Mozambique’s Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos EP’s 15% interest is carried through the exploration phase.

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