Anadarko makes natural gas discovery offshore Mozambique

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has made a new natural gas discovery off the coast of Mozambique. The company's Orca-1 discovery well encountered about 190 net feet of natural gas pay in the Offshore Area 1 of the Rovuma Basin.

The well was drilled to a depth of approximately 16,391 feet in water depths of about 3,481 feet, Anadarko said in a statement.

"Discovering another large, distinct and separate natural gas accumulation in the Offshore Area 1 continues our outstanding exploration success offshore Mozambique," said Bob Daniels, senior vice president of Anadarko Worldwide Exploration. "We are designing an initial two-well appraisal program to define the areal extent of the Orca field, which will commence immediately after drilling our Linguado and Espadarte exploration wells. Orca is a single large Paleocene column, and its proximity to shore provides additional options and flexibility for potential future development."

Anadarko has a 36.5 percent working interest in the Offshore Area 1. Co-owners include Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area 1, Limited, BPRL Ventures Mozambique B.V., Videocon Mozambique Rovuma 1 Limited and PTT Exploration & Production Plc.

PennEnergy's research area offers more information on offshore exploration.

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