First batch of Muzarabani Oil and Gas drilling rig components arrive

By Kenias Chivuzhe

THE Muzarabani Oil and Gas Project in Mbire District is set to move a gear up after the first batch of drilling rig components arrived in the country this Tuesday.

The exploration for oil and gas in Muzarabani is fast becoming a reality after the first batch of drilling rig components arrived in Zimbabwe this Tuesday, with 20 trucks crossing into Zimbabwe from Mozambique via the Forbes Border Post.

In an interview with ZBC News in Mutare shortly after the arrival of the equipment Invictus Energy Logistics Controller Mr Robin Makaza revealed that more components are on their way.

“The shipment from Tanzania for the drilling rig and the camping units for the oil rig have arrived. This is the first shipment coming in the country and today, i am dispatching 20 trucks to Muzarabani. We have lots of shipments coming maybe more than 200 coming, but we are dispatching them in batches. Maybe in the next two weeks we will be receiving other shipments”, he said.

Invictus Energy Managing Director, Mr Scott MacMillan said the arrival of the critical equipment is a milestone in the Muzarabani Oil and Gas project.

“Invictus Energy marked two very important milestones in the Oil and Gas Project. This follows the coming in of drilling equipment that has started to arrive. The remaining 110 loads will arrive at the drilling sites in a few weeks’ time. The second milestone is the release of the prospective updated resources estimate that has gone to 20 trillion cubic feet and 845 million bells of gas concentrate. There is an increase of around 2.74 from the previous estimate done in 2019,” he explained.

The Muzarabani Oil and Gas Project is among flagship investments under the Second Republic that is set to transform the country’s economy and position Zimbabwe as one of the leading economies on the continent.