Invictus Energy has reported fluorescence end elevated gas shows of up to 65 times above background levels in the Upper Angwa primary target of its Mukuy-1 well onshore Zimbabwe. The well is yet to reach total depth and has confimed a working conventional hydrocarbon system in the Cabora Bassin.
“We still have several hundred metres of drilling through our primary targets with additional potential, which will be followed by a comprehensive wireline logging programme to evaluate results, with the aim of confirming the presence of moveable hydrocarbons in multiple zones,” said Scott Mcmillan, Managing Director of Invictus Energy.
The company and its drilling contractor, EXALO Drilling, have encountered a few technical issues during the campaign that have slowed down drilling progress. However, a recent changeout of the downhole drilling motor has allowed operations to continue and the Exalo 202 Rig will now recommence drilling through the primary targets.
What’s at Stake at Cabora Bassa?
Thought to potentially be the largest undrilled structure onshore Africa, the Mukuyu pospect is subject to intense scrutiny for its potential to transform Zimbabwe’s energy landscape.
The prospect is being drilled amidst favourable market conditions and a growing appetite for gas in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. The Mukuyu Prospect alone is estimated to contain 20 Tcf of gas and 845 million barrels of conventional gas / condensate (gross mean unrisked) across 5 horizons.