ReconAfrica’s Namibian wildcat: geological success but commercial failure

Reconnaissance Energy Africa has announced that’s its first wildcat onshore Zimbabwe, the Makandina 8-2 well, has been a geological success but failed to show commercial quantities of hydrocarbons.

The well reached total depth in mid-August and confirmed the presence of a working petroleum system by encountering intervals rich with methane and hydrocarbon gas liquids such as ethane, butane, and propane.

“Although geologically a successful well, economic accumulations of hydrocarbons were not encountered,” ReconAfrica said in a statement.

The company is now proceeding with its plans for the second well, Wisdom 5-1, whose spudding is expected in mid-December. It is also extended its 2D seismic acquisition programme with an additional 1,500 linear km approved to be acquired between November 2022 and April 2023.

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Invictus Energy confirms working hydrocarbons system onshore Zimbabwe

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.

Bridport Energy makes new Board appointments ahead of inaugural LNG cargo in Nigeria

Nigerian LNG distribution company Bridport Energy has made new appointments to its Board of Directors, the company has said today. Engr. Ahmadu-Kida Musa and Mr. Auwalu A. Ilu, two experienced energy executives, have joined the company as Non-Executive Directors effective 1st October 2022. Both directors are well-known within the Nigerian oil & gas sector, where they have successfully held leadership position within international and local companies.  Engr. Ahmadu-Kida Musa has over three decades of experience working in the oil & gas industry and worked on several of TotalEnergies’ onshore and offshore gas projects in Nigeria. He was until 2020 the Deputy Managing Director of TotalEnergies’ deep-water district in the country. On the other side, Mr. Ilu founded and runs one of Nigeria’s most successful LPG businesses, Ultimate Gas. He brings over 20 years of experience in the energy, maritime, and logistics industry. Bridport Energy is one of the Nigerian companies who signed a Sales & Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Nigeria LNG in 2021 to start delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the domestic market. The expansion of its Board comes as the company is currently developing an LNG import, storage, and distribution terminal in Lagos where first cargo is expected within a few months.