Solo Oil says it has been given the go-ahead to begin appraisal work at its Ntorya-1 gas discovery in Tanzania.
The field, which is estimated to contain as much as 134billion cubic feet of recoverable gas, was originally drilled and tested in 2012.
The London-based oil company said it had received approval for the appraisal programme, which would include a 2D seismic assessment to determine the extend of the discovery.
The two-year licence will also allow Solo to drill an appraisal well, with Solo looking for a partner to ensure work started quickly.
“This award represents a significant step in the commercialisation of gas in the onshore Ruvuma PSA and we look forward to the acquisition of additional seismic later this year,” said executive director Neil Ritson.
“The conclusion of a farmout with a new partner will also assist in ensuring the work program advances as quickly as possible as there is a large gas resource yet to develop.”
Gas from the field is expected to run through the planned pipeline from the Ruvuma production sharing area to Dar es Salaam.