Seismic kick-off at Tanzania’s Ntorya

Drilling rig19 November 2013, News Wires – Aminex subsidiary Ndovu Resources has kicked off a 2D seismic survey of the Ntorya gas discovery onshore Tanzania to identify new drilling targets as part of planned appraisal work, according to partner Solo Oil.

The seismic effort is the first step towards the planned appraisal campaign on the Ruvuma onshore licence where operator Ndovu, with a 75% stake, and 25% partner Solo aim to submit a development plan to the authorities within two years.

The co-venturers are seeking to prove up additional resources on the 760 square-kilometre licence after the Ntorya-1 discovery well drilled last year yielded 178 billion cubic feet of estimated gross reserves, with an additional 1 trillion cubic feet of unrisked potential in-place volumes.

Further exploration wells in the block will target unrisked prospective resources of more than 5 Tcf identified in prospects and leads once drilling locations have been pinpointed from fresh seismic data.

The duo have yet to find farm-in partners for the licence to support future development work and Solo said it is hoped the results of seismic can assist in this process.

The partner said another key commercial driver for development of the find is a new 540-kilometre, 36-inch gas export pipeline being built by state-owned Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corporation to the capital Dar es Salaam, due on stream in early 2015, into which Ntorya is likely to be tied.

Solo executive director Neil Ritson said exploitation of the onshore part of the Ruvuma basin has been largely overlooked due to the focus on major gas discoveries in the offshore area.

“However, the proven presence of gas condensate and the ease of selling that gas into the Dar es Salaam market makes this area unique and we are confident that the additional work being undertaken will greatly assist us and any potential partners to accelerate the commercial development,” he said.

– Upstream

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