Statoil and ExxonMobil make gas discovery offshore Tanzania

rig sxc1The new discovery, located in water depth of 2,300 metres, is situated 10km from the Zafarani and Lavani gas discoveries. (Image source: sxc.hu)Statoil and ExxonMobil have announced their third natural gas discovery in Block 2 offshore Tanzania

The Tangawizi-1 discovery was made in sandstone of tertiary age. The new discovery, located in water depth of 2,300 metres, is situated 10km from the Zafarani and Lavani gas discoveries. It was drilled by the Ocean Rig Poseidon drilling rig.

Statoil executive vice president for exploration Tim Dodson said, “The success in Block 2 is the result of an ambitious drilling campaign. We have so far completed five wells within 15 months and will continue with further wells later this year.”

Statoil and co-venturer ExxonMobil will also work to mature additional prospects in Block 2 and have recently acquired 3D seismic data in areas of Block 2 so far covered only by 2D seismic.

Dodson said, “I am satisfied to see how we are able to rapidly follow up on the exploration success both by being able to develop a successful drilling strategy and to plan and complete the drilling operations in a safe and cost-effective manner.”

He added that the successful drilling results from Block 2 has demonstrated how Statoil’s strategy of focusing on high-impact opportunities has paid off and supported the company's ambition of international growth.

Tanzanian energy and minerals minister Sospeter Muhongo said, “The Tanzania government is pleased to learn about additional gas resources discovered in Block 2 and remains optimistic on future developments.”

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