Ophir Energy reveals Jodari field discoveries

Ophir Energy Tanzania gasHigh impact exploration drilling inn Jodari Block 1 is due to take place during Q1 2013. (Image source: Bryan Burke/flickr)Ophir Energy has announced the results of its three-well appraisal programme on the Jodari field, Block 1, Tanzania

The Jodari South-1, Jodari South ST-1 and Jodari North-1 wells were drilled as part of the joint venture programme between Ophir and the BG Group.

Nick Cooper, CEO of Ophir, said, “The appraisal programme has significantly de-risked the Jodari field underlining its potential to anchor Tanzania's first multi-train LNG development.

“The Ophir-BG joint venture will now appraise the Mzia discovery and return to Jodari-1 to conduct Tanzania's first flow test. Thereafter the joint venture expects to return to high-impact exploration drilling in Block 1 during Q1 2013,” he added.

The company claimed that the appraisal programme achieved its objectives and demonstrated consistent, high-quality reservoir quality across the Jodari field.

The Jodari South-1 and Jodari North-1 wells reportedly encountered gas columns of 50 metres and 32.4 metres respectively. These appraisal results were on prognosis and have confirmed the field’s widespread, high quality Oligocene reservoir properties, Ophir said.

The drillship, Deep Sea Metro 1, has now moved to the Mzia discovery to drill the Mzia-2 appraisal well, located four kilometres to the southeast of the Mzia-1 discovery well. Drilling on the Mzia-2 well is scheduled for completion in late January 2013.

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