Exploration drilling is under way on a highly anticipated onshore oil and gas play in Zimbabwe.

Operator Invictus Energy said today that drilling started in Block SG 4571 on 24 September at the first of two potentially play-opening exploration wells.

The Mukuyu-1 probe — which was originally due to spud earlier this year — is targeting 20 trillion cubic feet of gas and 845 million barrels of conventional gas condensate on a gross mean unrisked basis.