By Robert Brelsford
OGJ Downstream Technology Editor
Initial production from the Kiliwani North-1 (KN-1) well on Apr. 4, with output to rise to an anticipated rate of 25-30 MMcfd during the next 90-100 days, Aminex said.
Tied into the regional pipeline system, KN-1 will deliver gas to Tanzania Petroleum Development Corp.’s (TPDC) newly expanded Songo Songo gas processing plant for distribution under a take-or-pay agreement to supply the local power market, according to the company.
With certified reserves of 45 bcf of gas (OGJ Online, Aug. 19, 2015), KN-1 lies just 2 km from the Songo Songo field gas plant that in turn is connected to the mainland and the key Ubungo power plant that generates about 50% of Tanzania’s electricity capacity.
TPDC completed expansion and upgrading projects costing $151.7 million for the 140-MMcfd Songo Songo gas processing plant and $197.9 million for the 210-MMcfd Mnazi Bay gas plant by late 2015, according to a release from Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals.
The plant expansions were designed to accommodate increased demand for gas-fired electrical power in the country.
Alongside operator Ndovu Resources (Aminex) 51.75%, partners in the Kiliwani North development license include RAK Gas LLC 23.75%, Bounty Oil & Gas NL 9.5%, Solo Oil PLC 10%, and TPDC 5% following Aminex’s disposal of 3.825% on Apr. 4 of its previous working interest in license.