The license area, comprising blocks 35-36-37 and totalling around 18,000 km2, is located in the western part of the Comoros and is outboard of Mozambique Areas 1 and 4, where giant natural gas accumulations (estimated at 175 TCF of recoverable resources) were discovered by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Eni and partners. Discover’s management team, through its previous company Cove Energy, was involved in these discoveries in Mozambique Area 1.
This new 2D seismic survey, shot by ION Geoventures, follows the ratification of Bahari and Discover’s Production Sharing Contract by the National Assembly of the Comoros in March 2014 and the earlier acquisition of 1,570km of ION’s East AfricaSPAN 2D seismic survey. The total 2D seismic data acquired by Bahari and Discover is now in excess of 3,900km. Interpretation of the data suggests that the reservoir play fairway, which hosts the large gas deposits in Mozambique Areas 1 and 4, extends into the license area in the Comoros.
Peter Wakeling, CEO of Bahari Resources, commented: “The completion of this seismic survey is an important step in the exploration of the offshore Rovuma delta. The data acquired by ION is of excellent quality and the initial interpretation is very encouraging. We are on track to exceed our total work commitment within the first year of our initial four-year exploration period and to have set the stage for a 3D seismic and drilling campaign. We look forward to continuing to work with the government of the Comoros to demonstrate the hydrocarbon potential within our license area.”