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ReconAfrica unlocks petroleum potential in the Kavango basin

Authorities at the mines and energy ministries and ReconAfrica have confirmed a working petroleum system in Kavango.

In ReconAfrica’s latest report the preliminary analysis of the data from the 6-2 well, the first of a three-well drilling program, provides clear evidence of a working conventional petroleum system in the Kavango Basin.

“These shows are indicative of migrated, thermogenic petroleum and occur over three different intervals in the 6-2 test well. The intervals penetrated include highly porous, permeable sediments and marine source rocks as predicted, and extensive marine carbonate lithofacies,” said Dan Jarvie, ReconAfrica’s Advisory board member.

The well sample log of the 6-2 provides over 200 meters (over 660 feet) of oil and natural gas indicators over three discrete intervals in a stacked sequence of reservoir and source rock.

The company states that extraction of oil from these samples and subsequent fingerprinting for key characteristics of the liquids supports an active petroleum system with multiple source intervals.

Core Laboratories, GeoMark Research and Netherland Sewell & Associates Inc, are all helping to provide further detailed analysis of the results from the well.

“This is a great period for the people of Namibia, with the results of the well confirming a big potential for a very valuable energy resource for our country” said Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo,

“And therefore a significant development for Namibia onshore exploration efforts. The positive results of this well have provided us with the critical information required to unlock the country’s petroleum prospectivity and is the first step in the process of locating significant accumulations, we can now confidently confirm Namibia is endowed with an active onshore petroleum basin” he further states.

By GLENN-NORA TJIPURA

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