Tanzania strikes another offshore gas field


BG Tanzania announced that it had completed another successful drill stem test in offshore Tanzania about 45-kms 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.
BG Group Chief Executive Chris Finlayson
BG Group Chief Executive Chris Finlayson
“This is more gas than was expected to flow from this well and therefore a positive development. A drill stem test is a standard procedure within gas exploration activities and helps to determine the properties of the gas reservoir,” BG Group Chief Executive Chris Finlayson, said in a statement.
He added: “The successful Mzia-2 drill stem test follows completion of a multi-well appraisal programme earlier this year on the nearby Jodari field.” The CEO said while the company continues exploration and appraisal offshore, BG Group and its partners are also jointly studying suitable sites for a potential onshore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal and anticipate providing proposed locations to the 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. The BG Group President and Asset General Manager for East Africa, Derek Hudson, said the successful drill stem test on Mzia-2 is another important milestone in developing Tanzania’s natural gas resources, coming less than 12 months after the original Mzia discovery.

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