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Anadarko Petroleum spudded the Kifaru-1 exploration well Thursday in Mozambique at the onshore Rovuma licence.

The well is targeting Miocene sands, similar to the reservoirs in the Mnazi Bay and Msimbati gas fields in southern Tanzania, as well as Oligocene and Cretaceous sands.

The Kifaru-1 well has a planned total depth of 13,287 feet.

Based on the current drilling program the well is expected to take about 70 days to complete.

Houston-based Anadarko operates the well with a 35.7 percent interest in the well.

Alberta-based Wentworth Resources holds an 11.59 percent interest.

France-based Maurel et Prom holds a 27.71 percent interest, Mozambique’s state owned ENH holds a 15 percent interest and Thailand’s state owned PTTEP holds a 10 percent stake.

“The Kifaru-1 exploration well is located just south of our discovered natural gas fields in the Mnazi Bay concession and adjacent to recent gas discoveries made offshore,” Wentworth’s managing director Geoff Bury said.