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Anadarko-led Rovuma project stalls due to technical problems onshore Mozambique

19th August 2014

Drilling operations have encountered start-up and equipment challenges resulting in a delay of approximately 45 days in drilling the Tembo-1 well at the Anadarko-operated Rovuma Onshore Concession in Mozambique

Drilling operations have encountered start-up and equipment challenges resulting in a delay of approximately 45 days in drilling the Tembo-1 well at the Anadarko-operated Rovuma Onshore Concession in Mozambique
Following completion of drilling the Tembo-1 exploration well, the partners plan to mobilise the drilling rig to the second well, Kifaru-1, located in the northern section of the Onshore Rovuma Block

On June 19, 2014 drilling operations commenced on the Tembo-1 exploration well in the Rovuma Onshore Concession in northern Mozambique but technical problems have caused unexpected delays according to Rovuma partner, Wentworth Resources.

The Tembo-1 well is targeting mid-Cretaceous sands with secondary targets in the upper Jurassic.  Tembo-1 has a planned total depth of 4,250 meters True Vertical Depth Sub Sea and is expected to take between 60 and 90 days to complete.  An update on drilling operations will be provided after drilling operations have been fully completed.

To date there have been two wells drilled in the Rovuma Onshore Concession including the Mocimboa-1 well, which encountered oil and natural gas shows in the Cretaceous and is located approximately 17 kilometres to the northeast of the Tembo-1 well. 

Following completion of drilling the Tembo-1 exploration well, the partners plan to mobilise the drilling rig to the second well, Kifaru-1, located in the northern section of the Onshore Rovuma Block, adjacent to and 12 kilometres south of Wentworth’s Mnazi Bay Concession in Tanzania.

"We are very pleased with the progress being made with construction of the government sponsored pipeline project which is on track to be completed and commissioned during Q1 2015 as planned,” said Geoff Bury, Wentworth managing director.

“We continue to work with our Mnazi Bay partners and representatives of the government of Tanzania to finalise the GSA [Gas Supply Agreement] covering natural gas deliveries to the new pipeline, and while this process has taken much longer than envisioned, we believe we have made significant progress towards reaching a conclusion in the best interests of all parties involved. We are unable to say exactly when the GSA will be finalised and signed, and thank our shareholders for their continued patience.

“Securing the USD 26 million credit facility is another positive step towards the future developments at Mnazi Bay, where the funds will be used primarily for field infrastructure and drilling of one development well.  Pre-planning of these projects has commenced with full implementation taking place following signing the GSA to enable us to deliver first gas in Q1 2015.”

Wentworth also commented on its nearby operations in Tanzania saying that acquisition of 315 kilometres of conventional 2D onshore seismic data over the prospective areas of the Mnazi Bay Concession Tanzania expected to be completed in Q3. Processing and interpretation of this new seismic data during 2014 is expected to support future appraisal, development and exploration drilling which is anticipated to commence in 2015.

 

 

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