Another gas find in Mozambique

Eni has announced new discoveries at its major gas field in Mozambique

Another gas find in Mozambique
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Italy's Eni announced new discoveries at its major gas field in Mozambique on Wednesday, 5 December, with potential for even more as it looks to Africa to boost its production.

In a statement, Eni said new discoveries at its Mamba field in Mozambique had added six trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas, taking the full potential of the Mamba Complex to 75 tcf of gas in place.

The Mozambique complex is the largest in Eni's exploration history.

In the last year, Eni has dispelled some concern about its profitability and long-term growth potential by sealing a deal with Russia's Rosneft and scoring exploration successes in Norway, as well as Mozambique.

Eni said it plans to drill at least two further wells to assess the full potential of the Mamba Complex discoveries.

The state-controlled major is operator in the Area 4 field with a 70% stake and has said it is prepared to bring on board partners to help fund the estimated $50 billion it will take to bring the field to production.

Other partners are Portugal's Galp Energia, Korea's KOGAS, and Mozambique's ENH.

Italian broker, Mediobanca, has valued the entire Mamba field at around $17.2bn.

The gas fields discovered by United States explorer Anadarko and Eni off the coast of Mozambique have pushed East Africa into the limelight as a new hydrocarbon region, attracting the interest of major oil firms.

Edited by: Reuters
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