Super independent Anadarko Petroleum Corporation reported Thursday that it has discovered a new natural gas accumulation within Offshore Area 1 of the Rovuma Basin, offshore Mozambique. The Orca-1 discovery well encountered approximately 190 net feet of natural gas pay in a Paleocene fan system.
Meanwhile, Anadarko also reported that it found non-commercial oil shows in reservoir-quality sands at its Kubwa well in the L-07 Block, offshore Kenya.
"Discovering another large, distinct and separate natural gas accumulation in the Offshore Area 1 continues our outstanding exploration success offshore Mozambique," Anadarko Senior Vice President for Worldwide Exploration Bob Daniels said in a statement.
"We are designing an initial two-well appraisal program to define the areal extent of the Orca field, which will commence immediately after drilling our Linguado and Espadarte exploration wells. Orca is a single large Paleocene column, and its proximity to shore provides additional options and flexibility for potential future development."
Anadarko is the operator of Offshore Area 1 with a 36.5-percent working interest.
On the oil shows discovery at the Kubwa well, Daniels said the firm was very encouraged and that mud log and well-site evaluation of core data indicates the presence of working petroleum system.
"The Kubwa well tested multiple play concepts and provided useful data regarding the prospectivity of our six-million-acre position offshore Kenya. The rig will now mobilize south to drill the Kiboko well," Daniels added.
Anadarko also operates the L-07 Block and has a 50-percent working interest in it.