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Gas explorers gain ground in sub-Saharan Africa

The expansion of deep-pocketed supermajors across sub-Saharan Africa’s frontier basins means deepwater exploration for gas looks set to grow The expansion of deep-pocketed supermajors across sub-Saharan Africa’s frontier basins means deepwater exploration for gas looks set to grow.
By Felix Janvrin 30 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production 0 34263
A gas flow test off Mozambique. (Anadarko)

The key issue: Eni has announced it has acquired rights to explore offshore blocks A5-B, Z5-C and Z5-D in Mozambique. The move is the latest in a string of African exploration announcements by majors this year.

Interfax analysis: The success of Eni in Mozambique’s Rovuma Basin, positive results at gas exploration and commercialisation projects such as Kosmos Energy’s Tortue/Ahmeyim finds off Senegal, and most recently Total’s gas condensate discovery at Brulpadda in South African waters appear to be driving further offshore exploration in sub-Saharan Africa.

This trend would...