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Oil prospecting the Zambezi River delta, specifically in the regions of Micaúne and Luabo, in the Chinde and Marromeu districts of Sofala province, may be re-launched in 2015, said the chief executive of state oil and gas company Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), Tavares Martinho.
Oil prospecting in Micaúne, launched in the 1970s by US company Gulf Oil, was given up as no oil in commercial quantities was detected.
Tavares Martinho also told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that at the time a test well had been drilled in the Munguaia region, in Matotombo, which provided no results and led to Gulf Oil giving up on the project.
“At the moment there are companies interested in returning to the region, as there are indications that there may actually be oil in commercial quantities,” said the ENH executive, noting that the main obstacles to the start of activities are a lack of access roads and a number of rivers without bridges.
The ENH chief executive was part of a Mozambican delegation that travelled to Nigeria at the invitation of Nigerian company Orlean Invest, during which he visited a number of oil and gas logistics facilities.
Orlean Invest is part of the ENHILS Consortium in partnership with ENH Logistics, a subsidiary of Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, which was awarded the contract to build a new port in the city of Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado province, in northern Mozambique.