STOCKHOLM -- The jackup Ensco 85 has started drilling a new production well on the Didon field offshore Tunisia, according to operator PA Resources.
Maintenance work on the platform continues, with a new cooling unit due to be installed after the latest well (Didon-10) comes on stream. PA is also close to completing installation of a hydro cyclones module and a remote control upgrade of the platform.
In the Equatorial Guinea block 1 offshore license, the partners (including PA) expect approval shortly from the government for their development plan for the Benita oil field, submitted last December. Two further exploration wells are planned in the block next year targeting the deeper and proven oil-bearing Miocene structure encountered in the Diega well.
Offshore Republic of Congo, PA has a 35% interest in the Azurite project. The floating, drilling, production, storage, and offloading vessel has been hooked up on the field with 12 pre-installed anchors and chains, in 1,400 m (4,593 ft) of water. First oil is due by end-June.
In the Mer Profond Sud license (PA 35%), the partners have secured a rig for deepwater exploration drilling in the second half of this year.