Zimbabwe begins oil exploration drilling.

Drilling for exploration on a much-anticipated onshore oil and gas development in Zimbabwe, southern Africa, has begun.

The operator, Invictus Energy, said on Sunday that drilling for the first of two potentially play-opening exploratory wells in Block SG 4571 began on September 24.

Two opportunities are in the works, beginning with the massive Mukuyu possibility.

Invictus said it planned to drill Mukuyu-1 to a depth of 3 500 meters, with the drilling and appraisal operations likely to take 50 to 60 days.

Managing Director Scott Macmillan said the commencement of drilling was an “exciting and long-anticipated” moment for Invictus Energy and its shareholders. He said:

Invictus, together with our partners, have methodically de-risked and matured the Mukuyu prospect and our Cabora Bassa acreage over the last several years, and the commencement of our drilling campaign is a significant milestone.

Mukuyu-1 is a world-class, basin-opening well which, if successful, could be transformative for the company and Zimbabwe.


Mukuyu is one of the largest oil and gas exploration projects to be explored this year, according to the firm, with a combined probable resource potential of 20 trillion cubic feet and 845 million barrels of conventional gas condensate.

Following the completion of Mukuyu-1, Invictus intends to drill the Baobab-1 well, which will take 30 to 40 days to complete.


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