The drillship Deepsea
Metro 1, which has been
drilling in Block 1, has
now relocated to Block 4
to drill a new exploration
well there
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — 08 May 2013 – BG Tanzania has announced that it has completed another successful drill stem test in offshore Tanzania about 45km from Mtwara, with tests on the Mzia-2 well flowing at a maximum rate of 57 million standard cubic feet (mscf) of natural gas per day.

“This is more gas than was expected to flow from this well and therefore a positive development,” quoted BG group chief executive Chris Finlayson as saying in a statement. “The successful Mzia-2 drill stem test follows completion of a multi-well appraisal programme earlier this year on the nearby Jodari field,” he added.

Finlayson went on to say that while the company continued exploration and appraisal offshore, BG Group and its partners were also jointly studying suitable sites for a potential onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal. They anticipate providing proposed locations to the Tanzanian government in the next few months.

An LNG plant is required to commercialise the gas finds, so Tanzania can fully benefit from its natural gas wealth. BG group president and asset general manager for East Africa Derek Hudson said the successful drill stem test on Mzia-2 was another important milestone in developing Tanzania’s natural gas resources, coming less than 12 months after the original Mzia discovery.

“This swift progress reflects the commitment of all stakeholders, particularly the government and the communities in which we operate, to ensuring the full benefits of the country’s natural gas resources are realised,” he said. Mzia-2 is four kilometres from the Mzia-1 discovery, in around 1,620m of water and approximately 45km off the coast of southern Tanzania.

It is approximately 22km to the north of the Jodari-1 discovery well, also in Block 1, where a successful drill stem test was completed in March. The drillship Deepsea Metro 1 has now relocated to Block 4 to drill an exploration well, Ngisi-1, adjacent to the existing Pweza and Chewa discoveries.

BG Group will use data from the current exploration and appraisal campaign and a recently completed 3-D seismic survey to help identify new offshore targets for a third exploration programme beginning in late 2013. Prior to Mzia-2, BG Tanzania has had seven consecutive natural gas discoveries, two successful appraisal wells and a successful test on the Jodari field.

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