Ophir and its joint venture partners, BG Tanzania (Shell) and Pavilion Energy, have concluded the drilling of two exploration wells located in the Mafia Deep basin, offshore Tanzania, safely and on time, Scandinavian Oil & Gas Magazine reported.

Ophir announced that the program comprised Kitatange-1 in Block 1 and Bunju-1 in Block 4. After evaluation, Shell has confirmed that good quality reservoir was encountered in both wells, however, hydrocarbons were not found, informed Offshore Energy Today.

Subsequent to the completion of drilling Kitatange-1, a bridging license has been awarded for the existing discovery Locations in Block 1.

Ophir also said that the drillship Noble Globetrotter 2 has now been demobilized from the site. The two wells fulfill the final exploration commitments as per the exploration licenses issued by the country’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals. In November, the partners said that they would be investing close to $80m into the well drilling programs.

Shell is the operator of these two blocks with 60% interest and Ophir Energy is its partner with 20% stake. The remaining 20% stake is held by Pavilion Energy.