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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