Ophir announces offshore Tanzanian gas discovery

Deep Sea Metro 1 Odfjell DrillingDrilled by Deep Sea Metro 1, Papa-1 is Ophir Energy’s sixth consecutive discovery offshore Tanzania. (Image source: Odfjell Drilling)Ophir Energy has announced a gas discovery at the Papa-1 well outboard of the Rufiji Delta in Block 3, offshore Tanzania

The discovery, the sixth consecutive by Ophir offshore Tanzania, is also the first Cretaceous gas discovery outboard of Block 3’s Rufiji Delta.

“The Papa-1 success now confirms similar Upper Cretaceous prospectivity outboard of the Rufiji Delta and represents the first discovery in Block 3,” said Ophir CEO Nick Cooper.

“While recoverable resources are likely to be lower than pre-drill estimates; this very encouraging discovery is expected to lead to substantial additional resources from this new Upper Cretaceous play.

“The next drilling on Blocks 1, 3 and 4 will focus on adding further resource around the Jodari discovery to form a potential hub for the LNG development,” he added.

Ophir’s preliminary analysis of the discovery has suggested an in place resource of 0.5-2.0 tcf.

The Deep Sea Metro 1 drillship that discovered the 89m gas bearing column in the Upper Cretaceous at Papa-1, will now be sub-let to Apache for a single well in Block L8, Kenya, before returning to continue operations in Tanzania.

Operator on the three blocks, BG Group, will recommence drilling in Block 1, Tanzania in October 2012, confirmed joint venture partner Ophir.

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