Anadarko Petroleum Corp. today announced the successful Barquentine-3 appraisal well encountered more than 662 net ft (202 m) of natural gas pay in two high-quality Oligocene-aged fan systems, significantly expanding the estimated recoverable resource range to 15 to 30+ trillion ft3 of natural gas, with an estimated 30 to 50+ trillion ft3 of natural gas in place. Barquentine-3 marks the sixth successful penetration in the complex that includes the Windjammer, Lagosta, Barquentine and Camarao discoveries.
"The positive results of each appraisal well that we have drilled and analyzed have continued to increase our estimate of recoverable resources and natural gas in place on our block, and to add to our confidence that this could be one of the most important natural gas fields discovered in the last 10 years, with significant long-term benefits for Mozambique," said Anadarko Chairman and CEO Jim Hackett.
As a result of the continued gas discoveries in the exploration area, Anadarko is confident that it will have enough gas resources to push forward with its six train LNG development, which is planned for the area, so that it can export LNG. The company has already begun pre-feed work on the offshore hub facility which will tie-back to the onshore LNG plant and hope to move forward on to FEED work in the near future.
Anadarko is in the process of mobilizing the Deepwater Millennium drillship to accelerate its activity in the Offshore Area 1. The company also recently signed a four-year contract extension that will keep the Belford Dolphin drillship working in the basin as part of its ongoing programme.
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