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Anadarko discovers more gas reserves offshore Mozambique

Oilfield Technology,

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has announced that its latest appraisal well offshore Mozambique, Lagosta-3, encountered approximately 577 total net ft (176 m) of natural gas pay in multiple zones.

Offshore Mozambique

"The partnership's successful appraisal drilling continues to confirm and expand the world-class nature of this massive natural gas accumulation offshore Mozambique," said Bob Daniels, Anadarko Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Exploration.

"The Lagosta-3 well encountered high-quality sands and successfully confirmed an area of the field that was not as well-imaged in our seismic data due to overlying faulting. “

Anadarko and its partners are planning to build a commercial LNG liquefaction plant in Mozambique with projected capacity of 10 million tpy, the discovery of these new reserves pushes the company one step closer to finalising its plans.

The Lagosta-3 well is located about 2 miles (3 km) west of the Lagosta-1 discovery well and 9 miles (15 km) south of the Camarao-1 well. It was drilled to a total depth of approximately 13,715 ft (4180 m) in water depths of approximately 4606 ft (1404 m) and will be suspended while the rig is mobilised to drill the Barquentine-4 appraisal well. Anadarko has two deepwater drillships operating in the discovery area offshore Mozambique, the second of which is now on location at the Barquentine-2 well preparing for drillstem testing.

Anadarko is the operator of the 2.6 million acre Offshore Area 1 with a 36.5% working interest. Co-owners in the area are Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area 1, Limited (20%), BPRL Ventures Mozambique B.V. (10%), Videocon Mozambique Rovuma 1 Limited (10%) and Cove Energy Mozambique Rovuma Offshore, Ltd. (8.5%). Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, E.P.'s 15% interest is carried through the exploration phase.

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