Tanzania: Tullow group to drill Ruvuma wildcat

By OGJ editors
– A group led by Tullow Oil PLC will drill the Ntorya-1 wildcat in September-October 2011 on the Mtwara block in the southern part of the Ruvuma PSA in Tanzania.

The same group drilled Likonde-1 in 2010 on the Lindi block, which forms the northern part of the Ruvuma PSA. Likonde-1 went to 3,647 m and cut two sandstone intervals with a combined thickness of more than 820 ft that contain evidence of residual oil and gas. Likonde-1 was abandoned due to high gas influx.

The Ntorya-1 location is 14 km south of Likonde-1. Planned total depth is 2,020 m to target the same high-quality Lower Tertiary reservoir sands encountered at Likonde-1. Seismic interpretation places the sands at Ntorya-1 structurally updip relative to Likonde-1.

Tullow will operate Ntorya-1 with 50% interest, Aminex Oil PLC has 37.5%, and Solo Oil 12.5%.

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