Shell Commences Drilling Program in Tanzania



Royal Dutch Shell plc, along with its joint venture partners Pavilion Energy and Ophir Energy, has announced the start of a drilling program covering two wells, in Block 1 and 4, in the Mafia Deep basin off Tanzania.

Drilling operations will be taking place in waters up to 7,545 feet deep and the joint venture partners will be investing close to $80 million into the well drilling programs. The two wells will meet the remaining exploration requirements as per the exploration licenses issued by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM).

Shell became the operator of the two blocks in February 2016, after its combination with BG Group, and has been working closely with the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) and MEM to deliver these wells safely.



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