Africa Oil & Gas: Tullow preparing to drill Cormorant-1, offshore Namibia

offshore-oil-drilling-rigJV partner Pancontinental Oil & Gas has announced that the PEL 37 Joint Venture is on schedule for the upcoming drilling of the highly anticipated Cormorant-1 well, offshore Namibia.
Operator Tullow Namibia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tullow Oil, is well underway with preparations for the commencement of drilling of the Cormorant-1 well as projected in September, 2018. The well will be drilled by the drillship Ocean Rig Poseidon in a water depth of 545m and is expected to take 34 days to reach Total Depth. Ocean Rig Poseidon has already been mobilised to Namibia to drill Cormorant-1.

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Almost 70% of critical well service contracts have been let with a number of local Namibian companies successfully securing contracts during the tendering process being managed by Tullow.

Pancontinental farmed out to Tullow in 2013 and will now be fully carried through the cost of drilling the well. The Company’s 20% interest is held in a 66.7% owned subsidiary Pancontinental Namibia that has a 30% interest in PEL 37, where Africa Energy Corp holds the other 33.3% interest.

Pancontinental will also boost its cash reserves by AU $7.3 million (equivalent to US $5.5 million) with the second stage payment due from Africa Energy Corp at the spud of Cormorant-1 expected in September.

In addition to the entry into the project of Africa Energy in September last year, Indian oil and gas Company ONGC Videsh also farmed in. Earlier this year oil major ExxonMobil announced its farmin to PEL 82 (adjacent to Pancontinental’s PEL 37) for a 40% interest.

Commenting on the upcoming drilling of Cormorant-1, Pancontinental CEO, John Begg, said:

‘We are on track for the drilling of Cormorant-1 in September. According to Wood Mackenzie, the global energy research and consultancy group that reports on all aspects of the upstream oil and gas industry, this will be one of the most –watched offshore wells anywhere in the world this year. It has been highly anticipated for a number of years by the Company and our shareholders. We are obviously keen for the well to commence as the first test of the giant–scale oil potential within the Block. No doubt ExxonMobil, who recently farmed into the immediately adjacent acreage, will be watching closely for the outcome’.

At drilling, the PEL 37 joint venture will consist of: Tullow Namibia (Operator) 35.00%; Pancontinental Namibia 30.00% *; ONGC Videsh 30.00%; Paragon Oil & Gas 5.00%.

* Ownership of Pancontinental Namibia: Pancontinental Oil & Gas 66.67%; Africa Energy Corp 33.33%.

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Source: Pancontinental Oil & Gas

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