By Anine Kilian, Contributing Editor
Drilling has commenced on the Brulpadda-1AX re-entry well on Block 11B/12B, offshore South Africa, Africa Energy Corp. has announced.
The well is being drilled at a depth of 1,432m by the Odfjell Drilling-owned Deepsea Stavanger semi-submersible rig to a total depth of 3,420m subsea.
“The Brulpadda-1AX exploration well is a world-class, basin-opening opportunity in one of the last under-explored regions offshore Africa. We look forward to drilling results in the first quarter of 2019,” Africa Energy Corp. CEO Garrett Soden said.
The Brulpadda Prospect has resources of more than 500 million barrels, with significant follow on potential.
Drilling of the well will take approximately 85 days and has a budget of $154 million.
Total is the operator and has a 45 percent interest in Block 11B/12B, while Qatar Petroleum and Canadian Natural Resources have 25 percent and 20 percent interests, respectively.