Breaking News: A total of fifteen blocks were included in the fifth licensing round; Mozambique Oil & Gas

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(2015-08-12) The Council of Ministers yesterday appointed Carlos Zacarias chairman of the National Oil Institute (INP) in place of Arsenio Mabote, who has served in that capacity since 2004.

Zacarias will be conducting the evaluation process of the recently closed fifth licensing round due to be announced by the end of September 2015. He is an INP man of long standing, and has worked as an Exploration Manager at the Institute many years.

Zacarias will thus drive the institution responsible for managing tenders for exploration and exploitation of oil and gas, initiatives that have attracted the attention of several multinational entities in the sector.

According to INP’s webpage, the fifth licensing round closed 12 noon on Thursday 30th of July 2015 at a meeting of more than 60 people including representatives of the applying companies at the INP’s head office.

The INP will now evaluate the applications on defined criteria which include the Health Safety and Environmental (HSE), financial strength, technical competence and capability and economic terms offered to the Mozambican state.

INP anticipates that it will announce the results by the end of September 2015 and these will be posted on the http://www.inp-mz.com and http://www.inp.gov.mz websites.

A total of fifteen blocks were included in the fifth licensing round: offshore Rovuma, Angoche and Zambezi and onshore Pande-Temane and Palmeira. The areas on offer in the round cover approximately 74,402 sq kms.

According to a report published at ‘The Offshore Engineer’, the round closed with applications received for the following offshore blocks:

Angoche basin A5-A

– ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Mozambique with partner RN-Exploration (Rosneft)

– Eni Mozambico, with partners Sasol Petroleum Mozambique Exploration and Statoil

– Also, as a non-operator Petroinveste Mozambique and, separately Namoza Natural Resources

Angoche basin A5-B

– ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Mozambique with partner RN-Exploration (Rosneft)

– Eni Mozambico, with partners Sasol Petroleum Mozambique Exploration and Statoil

– Total E&P Mozambique with partner Sonangol Hidrocarbonetos Internacional

– Also, as a non-operator Petroinveste Mozambique and, separately Namoza Natural Resources

Zambezi Delta Z5-C

– ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Mozambique with partner RN-Exploration (Rosneft)

– Zambezi Delta Z5-D

– ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Mozambique with partner RN-Exploration (Rosneft)

– Also as a non operator Namoza Natural Resources

Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos de Mocambique (ENH) will have a minimum 10% interest in all fifth round licenses.

As a non-operator, Namoza Natural Resources also applied for areas R5-A/B/C, Z5-E, and PT5-B/C.

Applications were also received for onshore areas as follows:

– Troisade Energia Mozambique (Onshore areas PT5-B and PT5-C)

– Shoreline Canoverseas Petroleum Development, with partners Bluegreen Investments and Indico Dourado (Onshore area PT5-B)

– Sasol Petroleum Mozambique Exploration (Onshore area PT5-C)

– Delonex Energy with partner Indian Oil Corporation (Onshore area P5-A)

There were also applications for areas not included in the fifth round from:

– Eni Mozambico (Reconnaissance – Angoche area)

– Delonex Energy (EPCC – Palmeria Northern Extension

source:   The Offshore Engineer

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