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Australia's Invictus says it has not found oil and gas deposits in Zimbabwe

Gasoil News - Published on Tue, 06 Nov 2018

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Reuters quoted Australian-listed Invictus Energy as saying that it had not found oil and gas deposits in northern Zimbabwe but there were indications of a "working petroleum system" which could only be confirmed by a planned exploration well. President Emmerson Mnangagwa told reporters that Invictus had found oil and gas deposits in the Muzarabani area and had agreed to enter a production sharing arrangement with Zimbabwe once the project reached commercial production. But in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, Invictus tampered Zimbabwe's expectations of an oil bonanza saying "an oil or gas discovery has not been made."

Invictus said that "The prospective resource estimate for the Muzarabani prospect relates to undiscovered accumulations which have both a risk of discovery and a risk of development. Although the Cabora Bassa Basin possess all the elements for a working petroleum system, a discovery can only be confirmed through drilling of an exploration well."

Zimbabwean-born Invictus Managing Director Scott MacMillan attended Mnangagwa's news conference. Mines Minister Winston Chitando said the well would be sunk in 2020 at a cost of USD 20 million and said the Muzarabani project was the largest undrilled onshore resource in Africa.

Invictus, which is an independent oil and gas exploration firm whose only asset is in Zimbabwe, is using data first generated by Mobil Oil during its studies in the 1990s.

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Posted By : Joykumar Irom on Tue, 06 Nov 2018
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