Drillship Noble Venturer

Oslo based Panoro Energy ASA (Panoro) has announced that following an evaluation of available options the operator of Block G offshore Equatorial Guinea, Trident Energy, has on behalf of the joint venture awarded a contract for the “Noble Venturer” drill ship to recommence infill drilling at the Ceiba Field and Okume Complex.

The “Noble Venturer” has most recently been engaged in a long-term and successful drilling campaign offshore Ghana which is expected to conclude in late May, after which it will relocate to Equatorial Guinea to recommence drilling operations in June.

Owing to limitations arising from the shallower water depth at one of the planned infill well locations, the drilling campaign will now comprise of two infill wells. The third infill well will be deferred as part of a potential future drilling campaign.  

Panoro holds a 14.25 per cent participating interest in Block G, and the other partners at Block G are Kosmos Energy and GEPetrol.

The “Noble Venturer” drill ship has also been contracted to drill the Kosmos Energy operated Akeng Deep infrastructure led exploration (“ILX”) well in Block S once the two Block G infill wells have been drilled and completed.  The Akeng Deep ILX well is intended to test a play in the Albian, targeting an estimated gross mean resource of ~180 million barrels of oil in close proximity to existing infrastructure at Block G. Panoro holds a 12 per cent interest in Block S, and the other partners in Block S are GEPetrol and Trident Energy.

“We are very pleased to have secured the high-specification Noble Venturer drill ship to recommence the infill drilling campaign at Block G and also test the high-impact Akeng Deep ILX prospect at Block S which, if successful, can open a new play fairway with potentially very positive read across to the adjacent Block EG-01 which Panoro operates,” says John Hamilton, CEO of Panoro.

Source: Panoro Energy ASA