“It’s been a long time, for me, it’s been 12 years in the making from the first time we looked at the acreage,” managing director Scott Macmillan explained to Energy Voice. “We had a couple of difficulties at Mukuyu-2 but we finally got there.”
The need to sidetrack is “disappointing”, he said. “It would have been fantastic to get this all in one go. It’s still only the second well in the basin and it’s the first time we’ve drilled into the Lower Angwa,” Macmillan said. “We are going to get some surprises, good and bad.”
Speaking at the company’s AGM, the executive said drilling on this well had been “much, much better” than the Mukuyu-1.
Success at Mukuyu-2 could be transformational for Invictus, Zimbabwe and Southern Africa, he said.
Baker Hughes, working with NOV, will also carry out the directional drilling and logging while drilling (LWD) contracts.
Appetite for exploration is back, Macmillan said. But for those wanting to explore, the potential find has to be big enough to materially add value to a prospect.
One of Africa’s premier wildlife areas has been targeted for oil exploration.
The company found high API oil or condensate in the shallower Upper Angwa reservoirs. Deeper in the reservoir, the CGR becomes lower. The shallower levels are around 135 barrels per 1,000 cubic feet, decreasing to 30 barrels at the deeper.
Invictus Energy has raised A$10 million to fund the next stages of its work in Zimbabwe’s Cabora Bassa Basin.
Upgrade work and maintenance will begin on the Exalo Rig 202 in April, following the end of the wet season.
“I look forward to building on this success as the Company prepares for further appraisal at Mukuyu, while it holds a portfolio of exciting exploration prospects and leads, which have been significantly de-risked through the recent drilling campaign.”
The company’s work has reduced risk on trap, source and seal, it said. Reservoir remains a moderate risk, it said, while the “lateral extent and continuity of reservoir sands is still unknown”.
Invictus may choose to drill Mukuyu-2 this year or the Baobab-1 well. The company has not yet committed.
Total Eren and Chariot have agreed to build a solar photovoltaic (PV) project to supply power to the Karo platinum project in Zimbabwe.
Despite positive drilling results in Zimbabwe, Invictus Energy ran into headwinds at its AGM, with shareholders opposing a number of resolutions and chairman Stuart Lake opting to leave.
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Australia’s Invictus Energy has begun drilling the Mukuyu-1 exploration well in Zimbabwe.
Invictus Energy has firmed up its control of more acreage in Zimbabwe, while also choosing a second well site, the company has announced in a release.
Australia’s Invictus Energy has more than doubled the amount of gas it hopes to find at its upcoming Mukuyu well, in Zimbabwe.
Invictus Energy has signed a binding well services contract with Baker Hughes for drilling in Zimbabwe, following a capital raise.
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Australia-listed minnow Invictus Energy has received three farm-in bids for its project in Zimbabwe, where it has also begun work constructing a well pad.
Invictus Energy expects to start drilling its major Zimbabwean prospect by July, bringing the long-awaited dream of founder and managing director Scott Macmillan to the test.
Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi has ceremonially laid the first stone for the Temane project.
Invictus Energy has awarded the integrated well services contract for its upcoming work in Zimbabwe to Baker Hughes.