15: The Windjammer Discovery: Play Opener for Offshore Mozambique and East Africa
Published:January 01, 2017
The Windjammer prospect spud in late 2009, leading to the discovery of 190 trillion cubic feet (tcf) in the offshore region of the Rovuma Basin in northern Mozambique. The key reservoirs are composed of stacked submarine fan complexes from the Oligocene, Eocene, and Paleocene epochs of the lower Tertiary. The submarine fans form traps truncating against the leading edge of the Palma fold and thrust belt. The high-permeability reservoirs are thick, widespread, and very well connected, making them ideally suited for long-term natural gas production and liquid natural gas (LNG) exports. The massive amount of gas found offshore Rovuma has the potential to elevate Mozambique to the world’s third-largest exporter of natural gas.