Total and Petronas to race in offshore Rovuma basin
The French international oil company, Total and the Malaysian national oil company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) signed a Farm-in agreement on the Area 3 and Area 6 of the Rovuma basin in the Strait of Mozambique.
Petronas has acquired these exploration and production concession contract (EPCC) in 2008 through its wholly-owned subsidiary Petronas Carigali Mozambique (Rovuma Basin) Ltd (PCMRB), in joint venture with the Mozambique national oil company Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos de Moçambique (ENH).
At that time the two partners were sharing interest as following:
– Petronas 90% to be the operator
– ENH 10%
After approval by Mozambique Government of the Farm-in agreement between Total and Petronas the new working interest will appear as:
– Petronas 50% to remain the operator
– Total 40%
– ENH 10%area
Petronas entered Mozambique for oil and gas exploration and production in 2002 in winning the offshore Zambezi Delta Block.
The award of the Areas 3 and 6 in 2008 was giving the signal to Petronas and Mozambique to trigger a large offshore exploration campaign.
At that time Petronas treated 150 line-kilometres of 2D seismic data and acquired 7,000 line-kilometres of 2D seismic data and 120 samples of geo-chem cores, engaging $5.6 million for the Blocks’ geological and geophysical evaluation.
With these production sharing contracts (PSCs), Petronas intended to use Mozambique as the gate opener to wider exploration in Africa but no major findings did happened so far in these Areas 3 and 6.
Anadarko, Eni, Statoil and ExxonMobil work on LNG
– Anadarko in joint venture with Mitsui E&P, BPRL Ventures Mozambiques, Videocom Mozambique, PTTEP after acquiring Cove Energy and Emprecia Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, discovered more than 100 tcf recoverable reserves of natural gas in the Mozambique Area 1.
– Eni in partnership with Galp, Kogas and ENH started the exploration later in 2012, but in few months they ended up with more than 25 tcf of recoverable reserves of natural gas: in the Mozambique Area 4 of the Rovuma basin
– Statoil in joint venture with ExxonMobil and the national oil company (NOC) Tanzania Petroleum Development Cooperation (TPDC) made major
findings in the Tanzania Block 2, close to the Mozambique frontier.
In addition these offshore fields are well positioned to export to Asia.
In this context, the Areas 3 and 6 of the Mozambique Rovuma basin operated by Petronas were offering a perfect target for a Farm-in agreement.
Lying in deepwater by 2,500 meter water depth, these block 3 and 6 request specific technology to be explored and developed.
With Total joining Petronas and EHN, the partners are planning to begin the exploration of the 15,250 square kilometers covered by these two blocks with a first exploratory well at the end of the year.
From the seismic survey, Total and its partners suspect the blocks 3 and 6 to contain oil in the same proportion as gas in the north of the fields.
Total is in Mozambique since 1999 by its midstream and marketing activities, distributing transportation fuels and running two import terminals and a network of 35 retail gas stations.
If Anadarko, Eni, Statoil and ExxonMobil are already working on different projects of onshore LNG facilities, this Farm-in agreement in Mozambique gives the opportunity to Total to speed up the exploration and development of the deepwater oil and gas reserves of the Areas 3 and 6 locked in the Rovuma basin while Petronas may contribute to short cut the time to go to production phase in bringing in its floating LNG.