Invictus Energy’s challenging Mukuyu-1 wildcat in Zimbabwe identified more than a dozen potential hydrocarbon-bearing zones, a result the company said is “virtually unprecedented for the first well in a frontier basin”.

The Australia-based junior completed the probe and a sidetrack in the Cabora Bassa basin last year, hitting numerous downhole challenges on the way which meant that hydrocarbons could not be sampled directly.

However, Invictus has been evaluating data from these two wells, with managing director Scott Macmillan announcing today that 13 potential hydrocarbon-bearing zones have been pinpointed in the basin’s Pebbly Arkose and Upper Angwa formations, with deeper potential also thought to exist.