Casing and cementing operations are now underway before drilling ahead in a 12.25 inch hole.
With a planned total depth of 1850m, Waraga-1 will target the same oil-bearing reservoirs encountered in the preceding Mputa-1 well, 19km southwest.
The geological risk at the Waraga prospect, which was defined by last year’s onshore seismic survey, has been significantly reduced by the success of Mputa-1, Hardman said.
On January 20, Hardman reported that the Mputa-1 well was being suspended, even though its commerciality was still in question.
This will allow re-entry at a later date to potentially test and flow individual zones, obtain better fluid property information, and/or use the well in any future appraisal or development operations.
Hardman said black, waxy oil samples were recovered from the reported sand interval of 965 to 975m.
The Block 2 joint venture is a 50/50 partnership between Hardman Resources and Tullow Oil.