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Zimbabwe’s pure gas play

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The Cabora Bassa Basin is one of the last untested large frontier rift basins in onshore Africa. Image credit: Invictus Energy

Zimbabwe’s pure gas play

Invictus Energy’s Mukuyu oil and gas prospect in Zimbabwe shows high quality natural gas with minimal impurities.

By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine

In a fascinating interview with WhyAfrica yesterday, Scott Macmillan, CEO of ASX listed Invictus Energy, confirmed that preliminary analysis of downhole fluid samples has confirmed a rich gas condensate discovery at the company’s Mukuyu oil and gas prospect in Northern Zimbabwe.

Invictus is drilling in the Cabora Bassa Basin, one of the last untested large frontier rift basins in onshore Africa. According to Invictus the company’s principal asset contains the largest undrilled prospect onshore Africa estimated to contain 8.2 Trillion cubic feet (Tcf) and 247 million barrels of conventional gas condensate.

Drilling at Mukuyu got underway in 2022. The project is located in one of the most remote regions of Zimbabwe, close to the Mozambique border and not far from the 2, 739km2 Caborra Bassa Dam, Africa’s fourth-largest artificial lake, situated in the Tete Province of Mozambique.

Although there are many challenges, Macmillan, a Zimbabwean by birth, is extremely optimistic about the find and what it could mean for local communities in the area.

Rich gas condensate at Mukuyu

“Early results from the downhole reservoir fluid sample analysis confirms a large and rich gas-condensate discovery at Mukuyu. This demonstrates a consistent, high quality natural gas composition exhibiting low inert content which will require minimum processing,” says Macmillan.

Helium and hydrogen were also present in the gas stream. The results are consistent with Invictus’ geological modelling showing increasing liquid hydrocarbon content south towards Basin Margin and increasing dry gas contribution from deeper kitchen and higher maturity source rock to north of Mukuyu structure.

“The results from Mukuyu-2 are consistent with our geological modelling of the Cabora Bassa Basin. The presence of both light oil and gas-condensate provides us with confidence as we prepare for the next phase of our appraisal program and work towards the monetisation of the Mukuyu gas discoveries and further exploration of our exciting portfolio of multiple drill ready prospects at Mukuyu,” he adds.

Read the full article about Invictus Energy and the interview with Macmillan in the April/May issue of the WhyAfrica magazine. To subscribe to our newsletters and magazines, click here:  https://www.whyafrica.co.za/subscribe/

WhyAfrica will visit the Cabora Bassa Dam in Mozambique and the Cabora Bassa Basin during our upcoming annual WhyAfrica Road Trip through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, and Tanzania. To learn more about our Road Trips click here:  https://www.whyafrica.co.za/whyafrica-road-trips/

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Zimbabwe’s pure gas play

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