Invictus contracts Baker Hughes for Muzarabani project


Itai Ndongwe

Invictus Energy (IVZ) has awarded an integrated well services contract to global oilfield service provider, Baker Hughes for its Caborra Bassa project in Zimbabwe.

Australia-listed Invictus said it had chosen Baker Hughes which is one of the world’s leading oilfield service providers, operating in more than 120 countries worldwide after a tender and evaluation process. The two companies have signed a letter of intent and expect to sign a contract in the next few weeks.

Following completion of a tender and evaluation process, Baker Hughes has been contracted to undertake cementing, mudlogging, drilling fluids, tubular running, directional drilling and logging, installation of wellhead equipment and project management

Invictus is in the process of advancing its current exploration program with the acquisition of infill seismic data for a planned drilling campaign.

Invictus contracted the Exalo Rig 202 to carry out the work, it announced in December 2021. It said it planned to spud the first well in the first half of 2022. Invictus has previously said it would begin drilling in May.

The company has also contracted ERCE Equipoise to carry out an independent prospective resource update on the Cabora Bassa project.

ERCE will use the newly acquired and processed high resolution 2D seismic data from the CB21 Seismic Survey completed in November 2021 and the concurrently reprocessed 1990 vintage Mobil 2D seismic survey for the prospects and leads identified from the seismic interpretation

At the heart of the Cabora Bassa project is the Muzarabani prospect. This may hold 8.2 trillion cubic feet of gas and liquids. Invictus has described this target as “potentially the largest, undrilled seismically defined structure onshore Africa”.

The initial plan is for a two well, back-to-back drilling programme. Invictus’ deal with Exalo requires the company to commit to the second well by February 15.

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