Oil major Shell is planning to start exploration drilling offshore Tanzania later this year, according to partner Ophir Energy. The US$20 million drilling program, due to start in Q4, will comprise two wells on Blocks 1 and 4 and target 1 Tcf of gas, says Ophir. Shell became operator on the blocks after taking over
Tanzania said it is meeting executive officials from giants Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil, Exxon Mobil, and Ophir Energy to commence negotiations on basic understanding of hosting government agreement for the new gas plant. Construction of Liquefied Natural Gas plant in East Africa’s biggest holder of natural gas reserves after Mozambique is yet to be decided.