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Deepsea Stavanger starts mobilisation to Total South Africa campaign

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Odfjell Drilling and Africa Energy Corp. have announced that the Deepsea Stavanger semi-submersible rig has started its mobilisation to South Africa from Bergen, Norway, to commence the upcoming multi-well drilling programme on Block 11B/12B for Total.

Deepsea Stavanger starts mobilisation to Total South Africa campaign

The rig had been idled in Norway because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Garrett Soden, Africa Energy Corp's President and CEO, commented: "We are excited to begin the next phase of exploration drilling on Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa. The Odfjell rig is mobilising from Norway to South Africa in order to spud the Luiperd-1 well by September. Luiperd is the largest prospect in the Paddavissie Fairway and has been de-risked by the nearby Brulpadda discovery and subsequent 3D seismic work."

Deepsea Stavanger drilled the basin-opening Brulpadda oil and gas discovery on Block 11B/12B in February 2019. Block 11B/12B is located in the Outeniqua Basin 175 kilometers off the southern coast of South Africa. The block covers an area of approximately 19 000 km2 with water depths ranging from 200 to 1800 m. The Paddavissie Fairway in the southwest corner of the block includes the Brulpadda discovery, as well as several large submarine fan prospects that have been significantly de-risked by the discovery and subsequent 3D seismic acquisition.

Africa Energy holds 49% of the shares in Main Street 1549 Proprietary Limited, which has a 10% participating interest in Block 11B/12B. Total E&P South Africa B.V. is operator and has a 45% participating interest in Block 11B/12B, while Qatar Petroleum International Upstream LLC and CNR International (South Africa) Limited have 25% and 20% participating interests, respectively, in Block 11B/12B.

Image courtesy of Odfjell Drilling

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