Statoil and ExxonMobil have knocked out discovery number eight offshore Tanzania, striking gas on their latest well on Block 2. The Mdalasini-1 well discovered an additional 1.0-1.8 Tcf of natural gas in place, bringing the total of in-place volumes up to approximately 22 Tcf for the partners on Block 2.
The Mdalasini-1 discovery, located at a 2,296-meter water depth at the southernmost edge of the block, encountered natural gas in the Tertiary and Cretaceous sandstones.
“The Mdalasini-1 discovery marks the completion of the first phase of an efficient and successful multi-well exploration program offshore Tanzania,” said Nick Maden, senior VP for Statoil’s exploration activities in the Western Hemisphere in a statement. “Since the start of the program in February 2012, we have drilled 13 wells and made eight discoveries, including Mdalasini-1.”
Statoil is confident there are more discoveries to be made in the area, but future drilling at this point will be focused on appraising one of its previous seven discoveries “to evaluate next steps and to mature new prospects.
The seven previous discoveries by the partnership on Block 2 are Zafarani-1, Lavani-1, Tangawizi-1, Mronge-1 and Piri-1, as well as the discoveries in Lavani-2 and Gilligiliani-1.(Source: Africa Petroleum)