Shell drills first wells as operator offshore Tanzania

Offshore staff

LONDONShell has started a two-well exploration campaign in blocks 1 and 4 offshore Tanzania.

The drillship Noble Globe Trotter II will drill in water depths of up to 2,300 m (7,546 ft) in the Mafua basin. Partner Ophir Energy estimates the cost of the program at about $80 million.

These wells will fulfil remaining requirements for the exploration licenses requested by Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals. Shell became the operator of the two blocks in February after completing its acquisition of BG Group.

Development of the gas in blocks 1 and 4 is part of the planned Tanzania LNG project, also involving ExxonMobil and Statoil, partners in adjacent deepwater block 2.

Ophir says in the current investment climate, there is a critical need to have strong project fundamentals, including government support and cooperation.

11/03/2016

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