Zulu Energy, a US-based coal bed methane exploration and development company has unexpectedly hit natural gas while drilling for coal bed methane in the Pandamatenga area.
The surprise discovery occurred during initial exploratory drilling by Nyati Resources, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zulu Energy.
The company announced last week that as a precautionary measure, the well was temporarily shut until the required safety equipment is mobilised and installed at the drilling location."During the initial phase of exploration in Botswana, we plan to drill approximately nine exploration wells to confirm the coal deposit, estimate the gas content of the coal and identify production pilot locations," said Zulu chairman Brian Hughes.
"The discovery of a conventional deposit of natural gas at this exploratory location adds a tremendous level of excitement to this project and further affirms our confidence in the hydrocarbon potential of Botswana," he added. The company, currently in the first exploratory phase is continuing with coring operations on another well, located approximately 48km from the discovery well. Coring
Zulu informed the government about the gas occurrence as a discovery under the Botswana Mining Act. It has applied for a geologic survey to record the gas discovery while operations are continuing at three other locations within the licence area. The company said a drilling specialist has been hired to plan and execute re-entry operations.
The gas was encountered in sandstones of the Upper Karoo Group, beneath the Kalahari Sand and Stormberg Lava Group.
Zulu's Pandamatenga licences cover approximately one million hectares in an extension of the Mid-Zambezi Basin in northeastern Botswana an area the company believes to have strong potential for coal bed methane hosted in the Lower Ecca Group of the Permian age Karoo Supergroup.