Anadarko assessing Mozambique gas potential

Offshore staff

LONDON – Anadarko has resumed exploration in Mozambique’s deepwater Rovuma Offshore Area 1.

According to partner Cove Energy, the drillship Belford Dolphin will drill two appraisal wells in the Barquentine gas discovery area.

Currently the rig is top setting the upper casing strings for Barquentine 3. It will then drill Barquentine 2, 4 km (2.5 mi) south-southeast of last year’s discovery well, before returning to finish Barquentine 3.

The aim of the program, which includes flow testing and core analysis, is to prove sufficient resources in the Oligocene gas reservoirs of the Windjammer/Barquentine discovery area to fuel the first train of a proposed onshore LNG scheme.

Cove adds that around 4,448 sq km (1,717 sq mi) of new 3D seismic has been acquired over the southern and northern sections of Rovuma Offshore block. Following processing, the data will be integrated with existing reprocessed 3D data in order to provide a consistent subsurface image throughout the entire deepwater hydrocarbon fairway.

Current studies on the LNG project, based on gas from the Windjammer, Barquentine and Lagosta wells, could lead to a final investment decision being taken in 2013.

To date, the study team has identified coastal land sites for the LNG facilities and a drawn up a preliminary gas development plan.


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