Wentworth gets extension to appraisal license for Mozambique asset

Africa Oil RigWentworth said the extension will be effective 16 June. (Image source: jbdodane/Flickr)East-Africa focussed oil and gas company Wentworth Resources said that it has received a one-year extension to its appraisal license regarding its Rovuma asset in Mozambique

The company said that the extension will be effective 16 June and allows the company and its partners Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), to continue pre-drilling activities in the Tembo block.

Wentworth said earlier this year that it expects to drill an appraisal well in the Tembo block in the third quarter.

“We would like to thank the Minister, INP and our partner ENH for their support in securing this extension to the Tembo licence, which gives us the time and flexibility to progress our operational activities on the block. We remain focused on securing an additional partner to share risk in unlocking the onshore potential of the Rovuma basin," Bob McBean, executive chairman, said.

According to a statement from the company, the extension request was partly related to the "above ground security situation in and around the Macimboa da Praia and Palma regions" nearing the Tembo block.

According to media reports, in October, a group of armed men attacked police stations in the town of Mocimboa da Praia.

Reuters reported in May that at least 10 people were beheaded in a village near the town of Palma.

The company said that the security situation in the region remains "challenging".

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