Cove Energy plc, the AIM quoted upstream oil and gas company focused on East Africa, announces the following update on the Ironclad - 1 well located in Area 1 Offshore Mozambique license block.
Ironclad - 1, located approximately 110 kms south of the Windjammer gas discovery well, was drilled to evaluate the hydrocarbon potential of an aerially extensive Cretaceous deepwater fan complex in the southern part of the permit and in particular to determine the presence of oil in an area believed to have the geological parameters necessary for liquid hydrocarbon generation. Drilling operations have now ceased at a total depth of 5304m the well having penetrated 205m of targeted Cretaceous age sediments in two distinct fan lobes.
We are pleased to report that the well penetrated thirty-eight meters (38 m) net of oil and gas saturated sands in the upper fan lobe. The presence of oil has been confirmed by geochemical analysis of rotary side wall cores taken from the well bore. Significant gas shows were also present throughout the drilling of the Cretaceous section. Having established an oil and gas column, future geological analysis of the Ironclad fans will focus on delineating areas predicted to have good reservoir parameters in terms of porosity and permeability necessary to support commercial exploitation. The oil encountered in the Ironclad well is the first documented occurrence of liquid hydrocarbons in deepwater offshore East Africa.
On finishing operations at Ironclad, the Belford Dolphin will move to the Barquentine well site, located east of Windjammer, where surface casing is already set to approximately 2,300m. Following Barquentine, which is expected to take approximately 6 weeks, it is planned to drill at least 2 further exploration wells.
John Craven CEO Cove Energy commented:
“We are very encouraged by the results of Ironclad. The pre drilling objectives of this exploration well, of finding hydrocarbons in the Cretaceous fan system and encountering oil have both been met. This is very promising not just for the Cretaceous fan systems, where over 80 sq/kms of closure have been mapped, but for additional nearby prospects already identified elsewhere in the Offshore Area 1 block. In addition the presence of oil and its associated petroleum system in Ironclad is significant for our extensive deepwater blocks in both Mozambique and Kenya.”