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Wood Mackenzie: East Africa’s Yet-to-Find Reserves Hold 95 tcf of Gas

Wood Mackenzie: East Africa’s Yet-to-Find Reserves Hold 95 tcf of Gas| Offshore Energy Today

Wood Mackenzie estimates that 100 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas has been discovered in Mozambique and Tanzania to date, ranking the Rovuma Basin as one of the most prolific conventional gas plays in the world.

However, there are significant technical and commercial challenges to be overcome in order to bring the gas to market by the end of this decade. These include: addressing issues around infrastructure, government capacity, financing and reaching a positive outcome to unitisation negotiations in Mozambique.

Recent discoveries and high profile M&A activity in Mozambique and Tanzania are attracting attention and Martin Kelly, Wood Mackenzie’s Head of Sub-Sahara Upstream Research, says the interest is justified: “100 tcf of gas has been discovered to date in East Africa and we estimate yet-to-find reserves could be as much as 80 tcf in Mozambique and 15 tcf in Tanzania. There is clearly plenty of gas to supply the likely commercialisation route of LNG – theoretically enough to support up to 16 LNG trains.

“The Rovuma basin is the most prolific in the region, and one of the hottest conventional gas plays in the world, with 85 tcf discovered so far. Globally in 2011, it yielded the third most hydrocarbons, and we expect it to top the list in 2012 if the first half of the year is anything to go by,” Kelly continues.

In neighbouring Tanzania, the targets are the northern extension of the Rovuma Basin and the Mafia Basin. Kelly says: “Tanzania has enjoyed considerable exploration success as well, but hasn’t discovered the same scale of reserves. The average discovery size is much smaller at around 2 tcf, compared to Mozambique which is over 7 tcf. Discoveries in Tanzania are also more spread out, so developing them will be more expensive than those in Mozambique because additional infrastructure will be required.”

One of the most immediate challenges for Mozambique, is the unitisation discussions which Wood Mackenzie understands have already begun. Kelly explains; “Of the 85 tcf of gas discovered to date in Mozambique, around half of it is thought to be one enormous field which is in communication across the block. Under Mozambican law, a unitisation agreement between the operating parties will be required.”

Although there is a risk that unitisation discussions could delay Final Investment Decision (FID) – the crucial last step before commercial development – and therefore LNG production, there are other discoveries which are wholly contained in Area 1 and Area 4 and therefore gas could come from these first.

Giles Farrer, Senior LNG research analyst for Wood Mackenzie comments: “Many challenges will need to be overcome prior to LNG project sanction. The region’s remoteness and lack of development present serious technical obstacles. There is virtually no existing skilled workforce and both Mozambique and Tanzania will have to build and establish deepwater ports capable of servicing the needs of the petroleum sector. On the commercial side, there is the question of government capacity – whether there is sufficient impetus and capability within the governments and national oil companies to advance the huge legislative, bureaucratic, customs and financial challenges that such a development would bring.

“The major outstanding milestone for Mozambique is the conclusion of a commercial framework agreement, which is in the process of being negotiated. It will determine how the LNG facility or facilities will be structured for the purpose of taxation and whether the Joint Ventures (JVs) will co-operate in the construction of a single, mega LNG facility, or pursue individual developments. One crucial advantage that the Tanzanian projects enjoy is that they have already negotiated commercial terms, prior to the announcement of their projects.”

Farrer continues: “Lastly there is the question of finance, we estimate that a two train greenfield development in the region is going to cost at least US$25 billion, and for some of the players involved financing their share of this sort of development cost will certainly prove challenging and could delay development.”

The joint analysis by Wood Mackenzie’s upstream and LNG research teams stresses that these challenges are not insurmountable. “They have been encountered and overcome in several countries before. The risk is that delays could lengthen development schedules and add to costs,” Farrer says in closing.

Wood Mackenzie: East Africa’s Yet-to-Find Reserves Hold 95 tcf of Gas| Offshore Energy Today.

Another Gas Discovery for Anadarko Offshore Mozambique

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation today announced the Atum exploration well discovered another significant natural gas accumulation within the Offshore Area 1 of the Rovuma Basin.

The Atum discovery well encountered more than 300 net feet (92 meters) of natural gas pay in two high-quality Oligocene fan systems. Preliminary data indicates this latest discovery is connected to the partnership’s recent Golfinho discovery located approximately 10 miles (16.5 kilometers) to the northwest in the Offshore Area 1.

“The combined success at Atum and Golfinho and apparent connectivity of these Oligocene fan systems, indicate these discoveries represent our partnership’s second major natural gas complex offshore Mozambique,” said Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Exploration Bob Daniels. “We estimate this new complex, which is located entirely within the Offshore Area 1 block, holds 10 to 30-plus trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of incremental recoverable natural gas resources. We plan to immediately commence a four-well appraisal program of this complex, which has the potential to underpin a large LNG development.”

The Atum exploration well was drilled to a total depth of approximately 12,665 feet (3,860 meters), in water depths of approximately 3,285 feet (1,000 meters). Once operations are complete at Atum, the partnership plans to commence appraisal activities that are expected to be followed by a drillstem testing program in the Golfinho and Atum complex.

“With this latest discovery at Atum and a successful upcoming appraisal program, we believe the total estimated recoverable natural gas resource in Mozambique’s Offshore Area 1 is between 30 and 60 Tcf, and the current upside for total gas in place for the discovered reservoirs on the block is approaching 100 Tcf. We still have additional exploration opportunities that could expand the resource potential further,” said Anadarko President and CEO Al Walker. “A recoverable resource base of this scale supports our initial two-train development plans, as well as significant future expansions. Our current activity is focused on achieving reserve certification and a Final Investment Decision in 2013, as the partnership works toward expected first sales of LNG in 2018.”

Anadarko is the operator in the Offshore Area 1 with a 36.5-percent working interest. Co-owners include Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area 1, Limited (20 percent), BPRL Ventures Mozambique B.V. (10 percent), Videocon Mozambique Rovuma 1 Limited (10 percent) and Cove Energy Mozambique Rovuma Offshore, Ltd. (8.5 percent). Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, ep’s 15-percent interest is carried through the exploration phase.

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Dolphin Secures Cash for Bolette Dolphin Drillship (Norway)

Dolphin International AS, a subsidiary of Norway’s Fred. Olsen Energy ASA , has signed a new five year bank credit facility of up to $1.5 billion.

The company will use the money to prepay existing bank loans, full-finance the newbuild Bolette Dolphin drillship and for general corporate purposes. The facility is provided by 12 international banks and GIEK/Eksportfinans.

The 6th generation drillship, under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard in South Korea, is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2013. It will be able to operate in water depths of 12.000 feet (3660 m), and equipped for a maximum drilling depth of 10,000 feet (3050 m). Total project cost is estimated at $650 million.

After the delivery, the vessel will sail away to Mozambique to work for Anadarko under a contract signed in November 2011. The drillship, of Gusto P10000 design, has been chartered on a four-year drilling contract at a rate of approximately $488.000 per day.

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Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (May 18 – May 24, 2012)

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This week the SubseaIQ team added 5 new projects and updated 33 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

N. America – Mexico
McDermott to Build, Install Ayatsil Platform
May 23, 2012 – McDermott International has received a contract for the new Ayatsil-B drilling platform for PEMEX in the Bay of Campeche Ayatsil field. McDermott will undertake the engineering, procurement, fabrication, pre-commissioning, load-out and sea fastening of the Ayatsil-B eight-leg jacket and deck, weighing about 11,650 tonnes for installation in waters 377 feet (115 meters) deep. McDermott will also carry out transportation and installation analysis of the structures, and will conduct training for Pemex personnel for the facility operation and maintenance. At peak, more than 500 personnel will be engaged on the project. Completion is expected during the third quarter of 2013.
Project Details: Ayatsil
Africa – Other
Anadarko Finds Major Gas Accumulation in Rovuma Basin
May 22, 2012 – Anadarko Petroleum has discovered a major natural gas accumulation in the Golfinho exploration well offshore Area 1 of the Rovuma Basin. The Golfinho discovery well encountered more than 193 net feet (59 net meters) of natural gas pay in two high-quality Oligocene fan systems that are age-equivalent to, but geologically distinct from, the previous discoveries in the Prosperidade complex. “The Golfinho discovery, which is entirely contained within the Offshore Area 1 block, adds an estimated 7 to 20-plus Tcf of incremental recoverable resources over a significant areal extent. This new discovery is only 10 miles offshore, providing potential cost advantages for future development options,” stated Anadarko. The Golfinho exploration well was drilled to a total depth of approximately 14,885 feet (4,537 meters), in water depths of approximately 3,370 feet (1,027 meters). Once operations are complete at Golfinho, the partnership plans to mobilize the Belford Dolphin (UDW drillship) to drill the Atum-1 exploration well.
Project Details: Golfinho (Anadarko)
Australia
AWE Identifies Potential Prospects in Tui Area
May 23, 2012 – Pan Pacific Petroleum, a partner on the Tui field, reported that the joint venture has further progressed evaluation of the Tui Area upside and has identified two potential development infill opportunities and two prospects, which are currently being further matured to enable the JV to decide on possible drilling plans. Subject to approval and rig availability, drilling is planned for 4Q 2012 – 1Q 2013.
Project Details: Tui
Oilex Plans to Drill Bazertete, Tutuala Prospects by Year-End
May 23, 2012 – Oilex has finalized evaluation of the Bazartete and Tutuala prospects which have both emerged as attractive drilling candidates, according to the company. The Bazartete prospect has been selected by the Joint Venture participants as the third commitment well based on an assessment of a higher chance of success than Tutuala and proximity to potential oil charge modeled from the southern part of the contract area based on offset well calibration. Oilex estimates mean recoverable resources for Bazartete (within JPDA06-103) of 65 MMbbls with an upside of 164 MMbbls. Subject to rig availability, drilling is targeted for 3Q 2012.
Project Details: Tutuala
Africa – West
Chariot Secures Rig to Drill Nimrod Prospect
May 21, 2012 – Chariot Oil & Gas Limited and partners have reached an agreement with Ocean Rig UDW to use the Ocean Rig Poseidon (UDW drillship) to drill the Kabelijou (2714/6-1) well at the Nimrod prospect. The Poseidon, which is currently on a long-term contract with the operator, is anticipated to arrive on location in July 2012. Drilling operations will commence shortly thereafter. The Nimrod prospect is located in the Orange Basin in Southern Block 2714A where Chariot has a 25 percent equity interest. The Kabeljou well is expected to take approximately two months to drill. The drilling location is 48 miles (77 kilometers) offshore Namibia in 1,181 feet (360 meters) of water with an estimated total drilling depth of 10,171 feet (3,100 meters).
Project Details: Nimrod
Asia – SouthEast
AWE Ready to Spin Bit at Atlas Prospect
May 23, 2012 – AWE reported it is ready to start drilling the Atlas-1 well in May 2012. The prospect is targeting a large gas opportunity in East Java Basin, and if successful, will provide ongoing prospects for further exploration.
Project Details: Atlas
Premier Reviewing Commercial Potential of CRD Discovery
May 23, 2012 – Premier has completed an extensive assessment of exploration opportunities remaining in Block 07/03 and of the commercial potential of the CRD oil and gas/condensate discovery, including whether additional appraisal drilling is required. The JV participants are considering future drilling plans based on the results of this work. At least one exploration well is required to be drilled as a commitment well prior to the end of November 2013.
Project Details: Ca Rong Do (CRD)
Premier Oil Moves Forward with Dua Development
May 21, 2012 – Premier Oil announced that the Dua project, a tie-in to the Chim Sao field, was formally sanctioned by Premier and Santos in April. It is expected that the necessary Vietnamese government approvals will be received during the second quarter of 2012. In the meantime, bids for FPSO modifications and the drilling rig have been received and are being evaluated. Premier continues to target 2014 for first oil.
Project Details: Chim Sao
Otto Energy Updates Galoc Oil Reserves
May 21, 2012 – Otto Energy provided an update on remaining oil reserves balances at the Galoc oil field in the Philippines, performed by independent consulting firm RISC. The company confirmed the reported increase in reserves is attributable to better than expected reservoir performance to date and an extension of field life due to higher prevailing oil prices. Galoc is expected to remain in production until 2016 to 2018 on the basis of the existing two wells alone. Otto Energy estimates Contingent Resources of 1.49 MMboe (Otto share) at 2C level attributable to the Galoc Phase II development, currently progressing through Front End Engineering and Design, with a target Final Investment Decision around mid-2012.
Project Details: Galoc
Black Sea
Sterling Resources to Drill in Black Sea
May 24, 2012 – Sterling Resources and partners intend to drill two offshore prospects in the Romanian sector of the Black Sea by year-end. The first of the two wells to be drilled will be the Ioana prospect, located in the gas-prone Midia Block, directly northeast of the Ana and Doina discoveries. Following drilling of the Ioana well, the jackup will be relocated to the Eugenia prospect in the Pelican Block.
Project Details: Ioana
Asia – Far East
CNOOC Finds Oil in Liaodong Bay
May 24, 2012 – CNOOC Limited has made a discovery in the Luda (LD) 21-2 prospect in the Bohai Bay. LD 21-2 is located in the inverted structure belt of LD 22-27 in south Liaodong Bay, with its south part adjacent to the LD 27-2 oilfield. The average water depth is 66 feet (20 meters). The discovery well of LD 21-2-1D was drilled and completed at a depth of 9,288 feet (2,831 meters) and encountered oil pay zones with a total thickness of about 558 feet (170 meters), representing the thickest oil layers found in the exploration of Bohai clastic rocks in recent years. Currently, oil production at the Luda well tested at around 608 barrels per day.
S. America – Other & Carib.
Repsol Drills Duster at Jaguey Prospect
May 21, 2012 – Repsol failed to hit pay at the Jaguey prospect offshore Cuba and will begin operations to plug and abandon the well.
Project Details: Jaguey
S. America – Brazil
Respol Gears Up Appraisal Plans for BM-C-33 Block
May 24, 2012 – Repsol Sinopec Brazil reported that Block BM-C-33, in the deepwater Campos Basin, contains resources of more than 700 million barrels of light oil and 3 trillion cubic feet of gas. The partners are working on an appraisal plan for the area, which contains the recently discovered Seat, Gavea and Pao de Acucar fields. The latter is reportedly one of the world’s top five discoveries in 2012. The latest well, Pao de Acucar, was drilled in approximately 9,186 feet (2,800 meters) of water and 121 miles (195 kilometers) from the coast of Rio de Janeiro, and found a 1,640 foot-thick (500 meter-thick) oil column. The consortium is preparing to submit an appraisal plan for submission to ANP.
Project Details: Pao de Acucar
Wartsila Hamworthy to Deliver Inert Gas Generator Units for Tupi, Guara FPSOs
May 21, 2012 – Wartsila Hamworthy will deliver inert gas generator units to eight FPSOs in the Santos Basin. Six of the units will be deployed for the Tupi fields with the other two being utilized for the Guara field. The first two units will undergo full scale testing at the factory in Moss prior to delivery, starting as soon as the end of December this year and up to the end of January 2015. Each of the units will be installed on the utility module on the FPSO inside a dedicated compartment. The eight FPSOs are currently under construction in Brazil.
Project Details: Lula (Tupi)
Europe – North Sea
Barryroe Proves Production Potential
May 24, 2012 – Providence Resources reported that it is “dealing with a high productivity oil system” at its Barryroe discovery, offshore Ireland in the North Celtic Sea. Providence said that well test analysis at Barryroe indicates a high-permeability basal oil-bearing reservoir interval, while the firm expects horizontal development wells to deliver “significant production rates”. Data acquired by Schlumberger during well-testing operations of the 48/24-10z Barryroe well was analyzed to find an average permeability of around 400 millidarcies, confirming high permeability. The analysis forecasts that a 1000-foot (305-meter) horizontal well could deliver around 12,500 barrels of oil per day and 11 million standard cubic feet of gas per day through a standard 4.5-ince outer diameter production tubing under natural lift.
Project Details: Barryroe
Faroe Spuds Clapton
May 24, 2012 – Faroe Petroleum has commenced drilling at the Clapton prospect in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Clapton is a chalk prospect on the flanks of the salt induced Mode Dome. The well will target the Ekofisk, Tor and Hod formations, which are the main producing reservoirs in the neighboring fields. The well is being drilled using the Maersk Guardian (350′ ILC) jackup.
Project Details: Clapton
Total to Appraise Norvarg in 2013
May 24, 2012 – Total is preparing for an appraisal well on the Norvarg discovery for 2013. Total currently carries a resource estimate in excess of 200 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe). However, the resource range is wide and the need for appraisal apparent, stated the company.
Project Details: Norvarg
MPX Halts Timon Drilling Ops
May 24, 2012 – The WilHunter (UDW semisub), which is drilling the Timon exploration well in the UK sector of the North Sea, has incurred technical downtime due to equipment failure. Therefore, operations at the Timon well have been temporarily suspended and the current estimated length of downtime is roughly 18 days. A further update will be released once the semisub is able to recommence normal operations, which is expected to be in early June 2012.
Project Details: Timon
Wintershall Succesfully Appraises Maria
May 22, 2012 – Wintershall has successfully appraised the Maria well (6407/1-5 S) in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The purpose of the appraisal well was to delineate the Maria discovery and prove hydrocarbons in the northern extent of the structure. “Our preliminary calculations do not only confirm our original resource estimates, but support the upper end of our discovery volumes”, said Bernd Schrimpf, Managing Director of Wintershall Norge. The original Maria discovery has been estimated to contain between 60 and 120 million barrels of recoverable oil and between 2 and 5 billion standard cubic meters (sm3) of recoverable gas.
Project Details: Maria
Development Progresses at EnQuest’s Alma/Galia Project
May 21, 2012 – EnQuest reported that development of the Alma/Galia project is continuing on schedule for start-up in 4Q 2013. Batch drilling of the first three wells continues; the first of these wells is in the reservoir and on prognosis.
BG Group Updates Ops at Bream
May 21, 2012 – BG Group reported that the conceptual design of the Bream project was formally agreed among the JV partners in March and the operator has signed a FEED agreement. An invitation to tender to drill the development wells has also been issued and the JV partners anticipate achieving formal project sanction in the second half of 2012.
Project Details: Bream
Emerson to Deliver Subsea Instrumentation for Brynhild Development
May 21, 2012 – Emerson will deliver its Roxar subsea instrumentation for the Brynhild field in the North Sea. The contract was awarded by Aker Solutions and covers Roxar subsea multiphase meters, subsea Sencorr pressure and temperature sensors, subsea chemical injection valves, and sand monitors. Aker Solutions will use the instrumentation as part of the rolling out of a complete subsea production system on Brynhild, with Emerson also delivering a number of downhole pressure and temperature gauges directly to Lundin Petroleum. The Brynhild field, which is currently under development, is forecasted to produce first oil in late 2013 at a gross plateau production of 12,000 bopd.
Project Details: Brynhild (Nemo)
Premier Oil Continues with Concept Engineering, Evaluation Design on Catcher
May 21, 2012 – Premier Oil reported that concept engineering and evaluation by the JV partners of the Catcher development continues to progress. It is expected that an agreement on the conceptual design of the development will be reached in the third quarter. The operator continues to target a final investment decision around year-end and first oil in 2015.
Project Details: Catcher
Total Confirms Well Intervention at Elgin Complex
May 21, 2012 – Total has confirmed the success of the G4 well intervention at the Elgin complex. To regain control of the well, heavy mud was pumped into the G4 well from the West Phoenix (UDW semisub). The leak was stopped, stated the company. Following the success of the well intervention, the next phase will be to re-man the Elgin complex and restart the Rowan Viking (430′ ILC) drilling rig in order to set cement plugs in the G4 well. This phase, aiming at completing the plugging and permanent abandonment procedure of the G4 well, will take several weeks. Once the first cement plug is set in the G4 well by the Rowan Viking, the drilling of the ongoing relief well with the Sedco 714 (mid-water semisub) will be stopped. In consultation with the appropriate authorities, it has been decided that drilling a second relief well by the Rowan Gorilla V (400′ ILC) jackup is no longer necessary and has therefore been cancelled.
Project Details: Elgin/Franklin
E.ON to Bring Huntington Online by Year-End
May 21, 2012 – E.ON reported that progress has been made offshore on the Huntington field in the UK sector of the North Sea. The production wells drilled to date have exceeded expectations and development drilling is expected to be completed in July. The infill pipeline is now being laid and a two month installation FPSO window, commencing on September 1, has been secured. Previously announced delays to the upgrade of the FPSO have been addressed by increasing the manpower in the yard. The operator continues to forecast fourth quarter for first oil with an expected plateau production rate of 25,000 bopd.
Project Details: Huntington
N. America – US GOM
Anadarko Fails to Hit Pay in Spartacus
May 24, 2012 – Anadarko has failed to hit commercial pay in the Spartacus oil and gas prospect in the Gulf of Mexico. The well was targeting subsalt layers in the vicinity of Anadarko’s Lucius project, which is currently under development.
Project Details: Spartacus
Shell Begins Development Drilling at Cardamom
May 22, 2012 – Shell has begun development drilling at its Cardamom field in Garden Banks Block 427 using the Noble Jim Thompson (DW semisub). The rig will drill two wells, with each well taking about 90 days. Both wells will be tied-back to the Auger TLP. Shell’s DOCD for Cardamom includes drilling four development wells and permits for all wells have been approved.
Project Details: Auger
Repsol to Drill Leon Prospect in 2012
May 22, 2012 – Repsol reported it has received a drilling permit for its Leon prospect in Keathley Canyon Block 686 in the Gulf of Mexico. Drilling is scheduled to take 140 days. It is reported that the Noble Jim Day (UDW semisub) will drill the well. Leon is a subsalt prospect with a proposed total depth of just over 31,500 feet (9,601 meters) and is located in approximately 6,200 feet (1,890 meters) of water.
Project Details: Leon

UK: Cove Encourages Shareholders to Accept Shell’s Takeover Bid

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Cove Energy, a UK oil and gas company with primary assets in East Africa, yesterday urged its shareholders to accept the $1.8 billion takeover bid from Shell before May 23, the first closing date for the offer from Shell.

The board of Cove, having already endorsed the offer, has said it continues to believe that it is in the best interests of Cove shareholders to accept the offer.

Despite also receiving a similar offer from Thailand’s PTTEP, and the rumors that a consortium from India is preparing a $2 billion offer, the board of Cove has said that, to date, Shell Bidco is the only firm bidder and has strongly recommended its shareholders to accept the offer as soon as possible.

To support the recommendation, the board has highlighted the fact that Shell has already secured the consent of the Government of Mozambique to the indirect acquisition of Cove’s interest in Rovuma Offshore Area 1 which would arise on the takeover of the company.

An 8.5% interest in Mozambique Rovuma Offshore Area 1 is Cove Energy’s primary asset. Anadarko, the operator of the area, last week announced it had made another major discovery in the field. The discovery well, named Golfinho, encountered more than 193 net feet (59 net meters) of natural gas pay. The well was drilled using the Belford Dolphin drillship.

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Anadarko: Another Major Discovery Offshore Mozambique

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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation today announced the Golfinho exploration well discovered a new, major natural gas accumulation nearly 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of its Prosperidade complex within the Offshore Area 1 of the Rovuma Basin.

The Golfinho discovery well encountered more than 193 net feet (59 net meters) of natural gas pay in two high-quality Oligocene fan systems that are age-equivalent to, but geologically distinct from, the previous discoveries in the Prosperidade complex.

“The success of the Golfinho well significantly expands the tremendous resource potential of the Offshore Area 1 in the deep-water Rovuma Basin, with additional opportunities yet to test,” Anadarko Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Exploration, Bob Daniels said. “The Golfinho discovery, which is entirely contained within the Offshore Area 1 block, adds an estimated 7 to 20-plus Tcf (trillion cubic feet) of incremental recoverable resources over a significant areal extent. This new discovery is only 10 miles offshore, providing potential cost advantages for future development options.

“We are very excited about this new discovery and the value these additional resources represent for the people of Mozambique and our partnership. We look forward to continuing an active exploration program in the highly prospective northern and southern portions of the Offshore Area 1, as well as delineating this new discovery.”

The Golfinho exploration well was drilled to a total depth of approximately 14,885 feet (4,537 meters), in water depths of approximately 3,370 feet (1,027 meters). Once operations are complete at Golfinho, the partnership plans to mobilize the Belford Dolphin drillship to drill the Atum-1 exploration well.

Additionally, at the Barquentine-1 well location in the Prosperidade complex, the partnership successfully tested the upper Oligocene zone, which flowed at a facility-constrained rate of approximately 100 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. This is the third successful drill-stem test flowing at this facility-constrained rate.

Anadarko is the operator in the Offshore Area 1 with a 36.5-percent working interest. Co-owners include Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area 1, Limited (20 percent), BPRL Ventures Mozambique B.V. (10 percent), Videocon Mozambique Rovuma 1 Limited (10 percent) and Cove Energy Mozambique Rovuma Offshore, Ltd. (8.5 percent). Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, ep’s 15-percent interest is carried through the exploration phase.

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Anadarko Successful at Barquentine-4 Well, Offshore Mozambique

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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation today announced that with the success of its Barquentine-4 appraisal well, the partnership has completed the drilling portion of its planned appraisal program in the discovery area offshore Mozambique. The Barquentine-4 well, located in Offshore Area 1 of the Rovuma Basin, encountered approximately 525 net feet (160 meters) of natural gas pay, and became the Anadarko partnership’s ninth successful well in the complex.

Additionally, the company announced that sixth- and seventh-grade students at Escola Unidade and Escola Primaria 16 de Junho in Palma Village, Mozambique recently selected “Prosperidade” (Prosperity) as the name for the discovery area in the Offshore Area 1 block. Prosperidade includes the Windjammer, Barquentine, Lagosta and Camarao discoveries, as well as the five subsequent appraisal wells in the block. As previously announced, Prosperidade is estimated to hold recoverable resources of 17 to 30-plus trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

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“Our appraisal drilling program in the Prosperidade complex offshore Mozambique delivered outstanding results that provide significant confidence in the vast extent of this accumulation and will be key in achieving third-party reserve certification, as we advance the partnership’s world-class LNG (liquefied natural gas) project toward FID (final investment decision),” Anadarko Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Exploration, Bob Daniels said. “The selection of Prosperidade as the field name is certainly appropriate, as it symbolizes the partnership’s expectations for this area and the opportunities it represents for the people of Mozambique. Our next step is to mobilize the drillship to the northern section of our block to begin testing additional high-potential exploration prospects that may expand the resource even further and provide tieback opportunities for future LNG hub facilities.”

The Barquentine-4 well is the northernmost well in the Prosperidade complex, approximately 19 miles (30 kilometers) north of the Lagosta discovery well located on the southern end. It is located in water depths of approximately 5,400 feet (1,650 meters). Once operations are complete at Barquentine-4, the drillship will be moved to the northern part of the Offshore Area 1 block to top-set the Atum prospect, and then begin drilling the Golfinho prospect. The partnership’s second drillship operating in the area is continuing to carry out an extensive testing program within the Prosperidade complex.

Anadarko is the operator of the 2.6-million-acre Offshore Area 1 with a 36.5-percent working interest. Co-owners in the area are Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area 1, Limited (20 percent), BPRL Ventures Mozambique B.V. (10 percent), Videocon Mozambique Rovuma 1 Limited (10 percent) and Cove Energy Mozambique Rovuma Offshore, Ltd. (8.5 percent). Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, E.P.’s 15-percent interest is carried through the exploration phase.

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USA: Anadarko Allocates USD 6.9 Bln for 2012 Investments

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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation  today announced its 2012 capital program and guidance, and the highlights of its Investor Conference to be held on March 13, 2012.

“Anadarko is off to a great start in 2012 as it continues to build upon the strong operational results of 2011, while positioning the company for value-focused growth into the next decade,” Anadarko Chairman and CEO Jim Hackett said.

2012 Capital Program and Expectations Total 2012 capital expenditures are expected to be between $6.6 and $6.9 billion. This amount does not include expenditures by Western Gas Partners, LP (WES), a separate, publicly traded entity controlled by Anadarko and consolidated in its financial statements.

“Anadarko’s deep portfolio provides the flexibility to allocate more than 90 percent of our 2012 E&P (exploration and production) capital toward oil and liquids-rich assets, while dialing back U.S. onshore dry gas activity in the currently over-supplied North American natural gas market environment. We expect this capital program to deliver full-year sales volumes in the range of 256 to 260 million BOE (barrels of oil equivalent), which takes into account both the effect of anticipated asset monetizations and reduced natural gas activity. We expect liquids sales volumes to comprise about 45 percent of total sales volumes in 2012, equating to an increase of approximately 25,000 barrels per day over the previous year. Additionally, the capital program reflects our continued commitment to our worldwide exploration program, which has delivered industry-leading results for several years, while discovering many new asset platforms for future growth.”

An approximate breakout of the 2012 capital program is included below:

2012 Capital Expenditures by Area

$6.6 – $6.9 Billion

U.S. Onshore 55%

International 25%

Gulf of Mexico 10%

Midstream/Other 10%

U.S. Onshore

Approximately 55 percent of Anadarko’s 2012 capital budget is allocated to its shorter-cycle U.S. onshore activities, with a focus on liquids-rich opportunities in the Wattenberg field, Eagleford Shale, Permian Basin and emerging liquids-rich East Texas area.

In the Wattenberg field of northeastern Colorado, where the company has identified net resources of between 500 million and 1.5 billion BOE in its Wattenberg HZ program, Anadarko plans to accelerate value realization by increasing the number of operated rigs, from six horizontal rigs currently to eight by the middle of 2012.

In the Eagleford Shale in South Texas, Anadarko doubled the number of identified drill sites to about 4,000, thereby increasing its estimated net resources in the field to more than 600 million BOE. The company plans to run ten operated rigs in the Eagleford and expand its midstream infrastructure during the year to align with anticipated production growth.

In East Texas, Anadarko announced that with horizontal-drilling technology it has unlocked a new liquids-rich play in the Carthage area. In this East Texas HZ opportunity, the company has identified more than 450 drill sites with strong economics and an estimated 300 million BOE of net resources. In 2012, Anadarko plans to operate six to eight rigs and drill approximately 75 wells in the East Texas HZ play.

In the Marcellus Shale in north-central Pennsylvania, Anadarko has increased average well recoveries to approximately 8 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas per well, and has continued to improve efficiencies, resulting in a 30-percent reduction in drilling cycle times over 2010. Given the current market conditions for natural gas, the company expects the number of rigs (operated and non-operated) in the play to decrease from 21 to 13 over the course of the year.

International

Anadarko has allocated approximately 25 percent of its 2012 capital budget to its growing international portfolio, with a significant focus on Africa.

Offshore Mozambique, where Anadarko has made one of the most significant natural gas discoveries of the last decade, its partnership will continue to work toward achieving reserve certification in 2012 and a final investment decision (FID) in late 2013. As announced this morning, the partnership conducted a successful drillstem test at the Barquentine-2 well that flowed at an equipment-constrained rate of 90 to 100 million cubic feet of natural gas per day (MMcf/d), which supports a well-design capability of 100 to 200 MMcf/d. Additionally, Anadarko is increasing the estimated recoverable resource range of the Offshore Area 1 discovery area by another 2 trillion cubic feet (Tcf). Anadarko’s discovery area in the deepwater Rovuma Basin is now estimated to hold 17 to 30-plus Tcf of recoverable natural gas.

In Algeria, the El Merk mega project is approximately 90-percent complete and expected to begin to produce significant volumes by the end of the year. In West Africa, the Jubilee Unit is expected to average between 70,000 and 90,000 barrels of oil per day in 2012, while the partnership continues remedial work on several existing producing wells and initiates the Phase 1A drilling program. The company and its partners also recently completed a successful drillstem test in the TEN (Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme) complex offshore Ghana that flowed at equipment-constrained rates of more than 20,000 barrels of high-quality oil per day. The partnership expects to submit a Plan of Development for the TEN complex later this year.

Gulf of Mexico

About 10 percent of Anadarko’s 2012 capital program is directed to its deepwater Gulf of Mexico activities. As announced today, Anadarko and the project’s co-owners safely achieved first production at the Caesar/Tonga mega project. Caesar/Tonga production is currently increasing and is expected to reach approximately 45,000 BOE per day from three subsea wells, which are being produced through the company’s Constitution spar on Green Canyon block 680.

Also in the Gulf, Anadarko continues to make progress on the Lucius development, which is located in the Keathley Canyon area. Fabrication of the 80,000 barrel-per-day, 450 MMcf/d truss spar is under way, and first production is expected in 2014.

The company also expects to initiate front-end engineering and design work for the development of its Heidelberg discovery in anticipation of project sanctioning later this year. The Heidelberg-2 appraisal well, announced in February, encountered more than 250 net feet of oil pay and supported the company’s net resource estimate of more than 200 million BOE for the field.

Exploration The company’s exploration program delivered more than 730 million BOE of net discovered resources in 2011. In 2012, Anadarko expects to continue an active program, investing approximately 20 percent of its capital budget in exploration, with plans to drill approximately 25 high-impact, deepwater exploration/appraisal wells worldwide. The most active areas of exploration and appraisal drilling this year are expected to be in East Africa, with seven to 10 planned wells offshore Mozambique; in West Africa, also with seven to 10 planned wells in the Ivorian and Sierra Leone/Liberia basins; and in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, where Anadarko plans to return to pre-moratorium levels of drilling with six to eight planned wells.

“The strong results of 2011 and the list of significant achievements in just over two months in 2012 demonstrate our strategy is working,” said Al Walker, Anadarko President and Chief Operating Officer. “The announced 2012 capital program is aligned with estimated cash flow for the year, and would generate significant free cash flow at current strip prices. As an added measure to protect cash flows, we’ve locked in additional tactical hedges for oil volumes in 2012. We believe our announced 2012 capital program represents the appropriate level of investment to maintain financial discipline, while accelerating the value of our near-term oil and liquids-rich opportunities in the U.S. onshore, funding current mega-project developments, and continuing to build for the future with an active worldwide exploration program.”

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s mission is to deliver a competitive and sustainable rate of return to shareholders by exploring for, acquiring and developing oil and natural gas resources vital to the world’s health and welfare. As of year-end 2011, the company had 2.54 billion barrels-equivalent of proved reserves, making it one of the world’s largest independent exploration and production companies.

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