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    Orca's Q2 Gas Sales in Tanzania Drop


Toronto-listed Orca operates a license in Tanzania which contains the Songo Songo gas field.

by: Shardul Sharma

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Orca's Q2 Gas Sales in Tanzania Drop

Canada’s Orca on August 10 said its additional gas sales – gas it is free to sell on its own account – in Tanzania averaged 50.6mn ft3/day during the three months to June 30 (Q2) compared with 56.6mn ft3/day in the same quarter last year.

Toronto-listed Orca operates a licence in Tanzania which has a total area of approximately 170 km². The blocks are in shallow water 15 km off the coast of Songo Songo Island and 200 km south of Dar es Salaam. The licence contains the Songo Songo gas field which lies in the southern area of the offshore Tanzanian Coastal Basin.  

For the six months to June 30 sales averaged 53.5mn ft3/day versus 59.5mn ft3/day in the year ago period, Orca added.

The company said it is preparing for the workover of onshore well SS-10 in early 2021.  A decision on whether to conduct remedial work on two of the older onshore wells, SS-3 and SS-4 will be taken on completion of a major subsurface review of the Songo Songo gas field that will be finalised later this year, it said. 

Meanwhile, Orca on August 3 signed a contract with China Petroleum and Technology Development Company for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of natural gas compressors within the Songas gas processing facility on Songo Songo Island.

“The compressors will work in harmony with the previously installed refrigeration to address declining reservoir pressure and ensure maximum production levels can be sustained, subject to demand, through to the end of the production sharing agreement in 2026,” Orca said. 

The compressors will cost $38mn of which about $6mn were spent in 2019 and another $19mn will come this year.  The compressors are scheduled to be operational by the end of Q2 2022.  

NGW interviewed the company on its operations in July, and the text may be read here.