Anadarko Petroleum has kicked off drilling of an exploration well at the Tembo prospect onshore northern Mozambique, according to partner Wentworth Resources.
The Tembo-1 well is being drilled with Helmerich & Payne rig 243 in the Anadarko-operated Rovuma Onshore concession to test mid-Cretaceous sands in the upper Jurassic, about 17 kilometres south-west of the earlier Mocimboa-1 probe that struck oil and gas shows.
The latest well - the third to be drilled in the licence - has a planned total depth of 4250 metres and is expected to take between 60 and 90 days to complete, with a further probe planned later this year in the concession.
Wentworth managing director Geoff Bury said Tembo was “one of the larger prospects to be drilled to date” in the Rovuma onshore play, with the well targeting potential oil resources of about 190 million barrels.
“It is a high-impact frontier well and, if successful, could add significant new oil or natural gas resources for Wentworth and open up an entirely new play fairway,” he added.
He said earlier the next probe would be at the Kifaru gas prospect near the Tanzanian border, with an optional well to be either a follow-up of Tembo or another of the prospects in the block.