Statoil natural gas discovery offshore Tanzania

June 18, 2014

Statoil announced the discovery of 2 to 3tcf of natural gas in place in the Piri-1 well, bringing the total of in-place natural gas volumes up to approximately 20tcf in Block 2 offshore Tanzania.

The new gas discovery was made in the same Lower Cretaceous sandstones as the gas discovery in the Zafarani-1 well drilled in 2012.The Piri-1 discovery is the venture's sixth discovery and fifth high-impact discovery in Block 2. It was preceded by the high-impact gas discoveries Zafarani-1, Lavani-1, Tangawizi-1 and Mronge-1, and a discovery in Lavani-2.

“Since 2012 we have had a 100% success rate in Tanzania and the area has become a core exploration area in a very short period of time. We quickly went from drilling one well to a multi-well programme, and with Piri-1 we are continuing the success,” says Nick Maden, senior vice president for Statoil's exploration activities in the Western Hemisphere.

Piri-1, the first drilled well of the Piri prospect, was drilled by the drillship Discoverer Americas. The well is located 2km southwest of the Lavani-1 well at 2360m water depth.

“Additional prospectivity has been mapped and will be tested throughout 2014 and 2015. We expect to drill several additional exploration and appraisal wells and hope that the results from these wells will continue to add gas volumes for a future large-scale gas infrastructure development,” says Maden.

Statoil operates the license on Block 2 on behalf of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) and has a 65% working interest. ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Tanzania Limited hold the remaining 35%.

 



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