ReconAfrica completes first seismic program in Kavango Basin, North East Namibia
25-10-2021 16:26:00 | by: Pie Kamau | hits: 1603 | Tags:

Reconnaissance Energy Africa (ReconAfrica) and its joint venture partner NAMCOR (the state oil company of Namibia), announced the completion of the first seismic acquisition program ever conducted in the Kavango Basin, North East Namibia.

The seismic program comprises 450 linear kilometres of high quality 2D seismic data which was acquired within budget and on schedule. 150,000 human-hours were utilized during the campaign, of which 80% were Namibian nationals recruited nationally and, predominantly, from local communities.

Shiraz Dhanani, Lead Geophysicist at ReconAfrica said, "We are very proud to have successfully completed this program, which is the first seismic program conducted in the Kavango Basin. Importantly, the program was conducted without accidents or adverse safety incidents to our employees and contractors. We have also been very successful in protecting the health of our workers despite conducting the campaign during the Covid-19 global pandemic." 

The seismic data processing contract was awarded to Down Under Geophysical in Houston, Texas and Absolute Imaging in Calgary, Alberta in June of 2021. These two leading geophysical companies were selected to process the data simultaneously in order to capture best practices in the industry and maximize the quality of structural imaging. The processing of all seismic data and comprehensive interpretation is expected to be finalized by early December.

Shiraz Dhanani went on to state; “ReconAfrica has successfully drilled two important stratigraphic wells that clearly established the presence of a working petroleum system and conventional reservoirs. With the successful completion of this seismic program, ReconAfrica intends to commence a multi-well drilling campaign in early Q1, 2022, targeting seismically defined traps and conventional reservoirs already encountered in the stratigraphic wells.”

ReconAfrica acknowledges the outstanding contribution made by Polaris Natural Resources Inc, of Calgary, Alberta, the principal seismic acquisition contractor, to the success of this seismic campaign.

Working with local and state water authorities, ReconAfrica has now drilled and completed 14 solar powered community water wells in rural areas of both Kavango East and Kavango West regions in which the Company operates. As well, two water wells associated with the Company’s first two stratigraphic wells have been handed over to the local community members residing in the vicinity of these wells. Consequently, 16 community water wells are now in operation. Further, the Company, working with relevant government authorities, is identifying optimum locations, and permitting the drilling of another six community water wells in both Kavango East and Kavango West regions.