Production from the Kiliwani North Field could start in 2015 with the Tanzanian authorities having advised that production should start within Q3 2015 now that the main pipeline has been pressure tested and with the Gas Agreement expected to be signed this quarter.
The completion of a Gas Sales Agreement (GSA) is subject to finalizing satisfactory payment protection guarantees and, following the recent start of production into the pipeline in the south of the country which Aminex says it believes that a GSA should be signed in time to achieve the near-term production timetable advised by the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC).
According to the latest half year report released today the company also believes that the agreement will help increase the pace at Ntorya appraisal wells.
“Aminex is looking forward to first gas production from Kiliwani North within the current quarter in line with the timetable issued by the Tanzanian authorities following the commencement of production into the new main gas pipeline in the south of the country. The signing of the Kiliwani North Gas Sales Agreement, expected in the near future, should also assist the acceleration of the Company’s other activities, particularly appraisal drilling at Ntorya,” says Aminex CEO Jay Bhattacherjee.
Kiliwani North where Aminex holds 65% withholding interest through its Tanzania subsidiary Ndovu Resources is close to the producing Songo-Songo gas field and new gas processing and transportation facilities and is only awaiting the signing of the gas sales agreement to sell gas to the market.
Other partners in the Joint Venture include Solo Oil which it recently offloaded to 6.5% of KNDL for $3.5 million having received formal approval from the Tanzanian Authorities to sell up to 13% of its interest in Kiliwani North Development Licence (KNDL) to the company.
As per the last a technical evaluation on the resources of Kiliwani North Development Licence by Senergy, an independent oil and gas consultancy firm the PSA PMean Gas Initially in Place (GIIP) of 44 BCF (gross) of which 28 BCF (gross) booked as Contingent Resources (Best Estimate, 2C)
As a result of the share placing in June 2015, the Company says ithas sufficient funding for the current level of operations.