Drilling set to resume at Venus offshore Namibia

Aug. 11, 2022
TotalEnergies and its co-venturers are preparing for a new drilling campaign offshore Namibia.

Offshore staff

LONDON  TotalEnergies and its co-venturers are preparing for a new drilling campaign offshore Namibia.

They plan to drill and test an appraisal well and reenter/test the Venus-1X oil and gas discovery well offshore Namibia.

According to Africa Oil, a shareholder in Impact Oil & Gas (one of the partners), the drillship should start the campaign in the current quarter.

The joint venture will also progress exploration activities on offshore Namibia blocks 2913B and 2912, including acquisition of a 3D seismic survey in Block 2912, which contains a western extension of the Venus Field.

In a statement last month, Impact said if the program is successful, an early development could follow to assess the scale of the Venus Field and the size of its extension into Block 2912.

Africa Oil also has a 50% stake in Prime, a partner in the OML 130 lease off Nigeria containing the Preowei oil discovery. Preowei is north of the Egina FPSO and is viewed a low-risk satellite subsea tieback.

Fast track processing of data from last year’s 4D seismic survey over the Egina Field has confirmed infill drilling targets. The drilling program has been delayed until later this year due to the anticipated late arrival of the rig, which means first production from the new wells will not start until first-quarter 2023.

However, the operator has identified four well intervention opportunities in the lease, which should be implemented shortly.

Finally, Africa Oil, as operator of Block 3B/4B in the Orange Basin offshore South Africa, has applied to extend the license and move to the first extension period. Technical studies are in progress to mature exploration prospects for potential drilling.



Courtesy New Age (African Global Energy) Ltd.
NewAge conducts an IE-4 well test in the Cameroon area.