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Ophir frustrated by dry East Pande drills offshore Tanzania

21st November 2014

Ophir Energy has reported disappointing results at its East Pande block, and has failed to find any commercial hydrocarbon zones

Ophir frustrated by East Pande block drills offshore Tanzania
Following the Tende-1 well, the Deepsea Metro I drillship moved to Block 7 where the Mkuki-1 well was drilled to a total depth of 3,204-metres

The Tende-1 well was drilled in East Pande by the Deepsea Metro I drillship in a water depth of 781-metres to a total depth of 4,153-metres, targeting the Cretaceous-aged Tende prospect.

Although gas traces were encountered in the upper strata of the primary objective, wireline logs confirmed that no moveable hydrocarbons were present in this prospect.

In the secondary Tikiti objective, the Tende-1 well encountered a gas bearing sandstone. The company will evaluate the wider impact of this find as it integrates the well results into its understanding of the remaining prospects in the East Pande block.

Following the Tende-1 well, the Deepsea Metro I drillship moved to Block 7 where the Mkuki-1 well was drilled to a total depth of 3,204-metres.

The well targeted a Tertiary-aged stratigraphic prospect located in water depths of 1,648-metres and encountered a high quality sandstone sequence, but no hydrocarbons were present.

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