(Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s semi-autonomous
archipelago of Zanzibar on Tuesday launched special aircraft
that will be used in exploring oil and gas in the Indian Ocean
UK-based Bell Geospace will use the aircraft
for the exploration of oil and gas in all areas of land and sea
including large and small islands of the archipelago.
Ambassador Seif Ali Idd, Zanzibar Second Vice-President
described the launch of the special aircraft as an important
milestone to the socio-economic development of the Isles.
"This exploration opens a new door in Zanzibar’s natural
resources utilization," he said.
Among other technologies that will be used in the exploration
include the use of the Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometers (FTGS).
Ambassador Seif said that the oil and gas exploration work is
an important step in the extraction of oil where it can take
five years to come to an end.
Pemba-Zanzibar block has a proven hydrocarbon system, as
evidenced by the Tundaua oil seep on Pemba Island and oil shows
in previous exploration wells.
Multiple source rocks and petroleum reservoirs are
anticipated and numerous prospects mapped.
Approximately 75 percent of the license lies in water depths
of less than 200 meters, with the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar
providing the potential for on-shore directional drilling.
Ambassador Idd commended RAK Gas, the state natural gas
utility of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for deploying the
UK-based Bell Geospace.
He said that RAK Gas has been on the side of Zanzibar
A Geologist from RAK Gas of Ras Khaimah, Dr. Osama Abdella
said that his company is committed to exploring gas in the
The leader of a team of researchers from Bell Geospace
Enterprises, Stefan Kuna, said that the survey will take three
months using FTGS.
He said that airborne survey are ideally suited to covering
inaccessible areas quickly and also cause little disruption to
communities on the ground.
"In order to record the best quality data we fly at a low
level, typically only 120 meters above the ground, I should like
to stress that the survey instruments are passive and do not
emit any radiation or pose any hazard," said Stefan.
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