Anadarko Petroleum says it has discovered a new natural gas field within Offshore Area 1 of the Rovuma Basin, Mozambique.
Bob Daniels, senior vice-president of Anadrako’s worldwide exploration, says the company is designing a two-well appraisal programme to define Area 1’s extent of the Orca field, which will start immediately after drilling the Linguado and Espadarte exploration wells. Orca is a single, large Paleocene column and its proximity to shore provides additional options for potential future development. The corporation drilled Orca-1 exploration well to a depth of 4,996 m in water depths of 1,061 m.
Anadarko is the operator in the Offshore Area 1 with a 36.5% working interest. Co-owners include Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area 1 Limited (20%), BPRL Ventures Mozambique BV (10%), Videocon Mozambique Rovuma 1 Limited (10%) and PTT Exploration & Production Plc (8.5%). Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos EP’s 15% interest is carried through the exploration phase