We expanded our operations in the east of the African continent in 2004 when we signed a contract with the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), the national oil company. As a result, we have extended our activities to the East of the African Continent.
Petrobras holds 50% stakes in two offshore exploratory blocks (blocks 5 and 6), with water depths of 1,700 and 1,800 meters, respectively.
The office in Dar Es Salamm was opened in 2009. Since then, the main operations have been related to the 3D seismic program on part of each of blocks 5 and 6, covering a total area of 2,800 square kilometers.
The east of Africa is a region where offshore exploration activity is still limited, but is gaining the attention of the industry. Drilling has been underway since late August at well Zeta-1 (block 5) where, based on 3D seismic interpretation, a prospect has been identified as having the potential for a gas discovery. It will be possible to better understand the asset's potential upon completion of this phase, forecast for this year-end. With regard to block 6, the 3D seismic interpretation work is still in progress.