Hydrocarbon flow begins from Zingana well offshore Cameroon

offshoregas BryanBurke flickrAfrica-focused oil and gas explorer Bowleven has announced that hydrocarbons have begun flowing from the Zingana well offshore Cameroon

Bowleven drilled the Zingana well earlier this year on the Bomono licence in the Douala basin. Following the installation of testing equipment on the well, the first hydrocarbon flows were recorded, said the company.

Trials on Zingana aim at determining productivity and connectivity of shallow reservoir units, which will provide the basis for initial gas offer on the well.

The Bomono exploration licence is fully owned by Bowleven, covering two blocks of 2,328 km in the Douala basin in Cameroon. Though the licence officially expired on 12 December 2015, after a one-year extension, the discovery of hydrocarbons in two wells (Moambe and Zingana) and prior conclusive flow tests on Moambe led to the company applying for a gas exploitation licence.

According to the company, the oil production from the Bomono licence will be used for gas plants operated by the Cameroonian electricity operator Eneo.

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