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Block 1 is considered one of the largest blocks in the entire Orange Basin. (Image source: Eco Atlantic)

Oil and gas exploration company, Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd's subsidiary Azinam South Africa Limited will farm-in into Block 1 offshore South Africa Orange Basin 

With a 75% acquisition of the block from Tosaco Energy, Eco will become operator of a new Exploration Right. 

The remaining 25% will be transfered by Tosaco to a newly formed South African entity with a broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) rating, OrangeBasin Oil and Gas (Proprietary) Limited.

From Mopane to Venus wells, Block 1 is surrounded by rich discoveries. In March, Sintana Energy reported the third consecutive discovery of light oil in the Mopane complex

A triangular-shaped block in the Orange Basin, Block 1 runs along Namibia and South Africa by an area of 19,929 sq km. The eastern side of the block is approximately 174 km off the South African shoreline, reaching out some 263 km west into deepwater in the Orange Basin. 

Over the next three years, Eco, along with its in-house exploration team, will complete the interpretation and analysis of the already acquired 2D and 3D seismic data from the block. 

Strategic play

On the other hand, following the AJ-1 oil discovery post Gazania-1 drilling in 2022, the company has submitted all the documentation and environmental audits to the Petroleum Agency of South Africa to give up 50% of working interest offshore Block 2B in South Africa. Early this year, Eco transferred some of its interests in Block 3B/4B to Africa Oil Corp as well.

Colin Kinley, co-founder and chief operating officer of Eco Atlantic, said, "The Orange Basin continues to prove to be one of the newest and most prolific plays in the world and is running similar statistics to our Guyana play. Following completion of this farm-in, Eco will have one of the largest blocks in the entire Orange Basin. This is a strategic play for Eco that we have worked on over the past year, focusing on both oil and gas potential, and where we believe there are significant near-shore prospective gas resources. There are inboard gas discoveries on the block, Kudu to the North, and multiple discoveries in the Ibhubesi field to the South. With the reach of the block some 250km out into the Atlantic, this puts the West end of the Block into highly prospective opportunities for oil being just South and on trend with Shell's Graff discovery and Galp's Mopane discoveries, and North of our 3B/4B Block oil targets recently farmed out to TotalEnergies and QatarEnergy."

Preliminary evaluation indicated rise in Hibiscus gross recoverable reserves. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

BW Energy announced a substantial oil discovery on the northern flank of the Hibiscus field, post conclusion of the drilling and logging of the DHIBM-7P pilot well

The oil is with good reservoir quality and a material uplift to the Hibiscus area. 

Preliminary evaluation indicated rise in Hibiscus gross recoverable reserves (mid-case) of approximately 8-12 mn bopd. Gross production from the Dussafu licence is approximately 23,200 barrels of oil per day, amounting to a total gross production of approximately 2.14 mn barrels of oil

The well will be completed as a development well later in 2024.

First Gamba-Dentale accumulation in Hibiscus 

The DHIBM-7P development adds to BW Energy's previous find in DHBSM-2P pilot well which too revealed good prospects

The DHIBM-7P pilot was drilled from the MaBoMo production platform to a total depth of 3,941 metres.

Drilled by the Borr Norve jack-up rig the target area is located approximately 1.5 kms north-northwest of the MaBoMo. 

Notably, the hydrocarbon column extends across the boundary between the Gamba and the underlying Dentale formation.

This is the first example of a common Gamba-Dentale hydrocarbon accumulation in Hibiscus Field.

The current operation in Dussafu is to complete the development well (DHBSM-2H) in the northern flank of the Hibiscus South field that was recently successfully appraised.

The acquisition increases Afentra's interest in Block 3/05 to 30%, and that in Block 3/05A to 21.33%. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Afentra has completed the Azule acquisition offshore Angola with a 12% non-operating interest in Block 3/05, and 16% non-operating interest in Block 3/05A

This increases Afentra's interest in Block 3/05 to 30%, and that in Block 3/05A to 21.33%.

Well on schedule post government approval, this is a major development for the company since the sale and purchase agreement between Azule Energy Angola Production B.V. and Afentra (Angola) Ltd was announced last year on 19 July.

The acquisition makes Afentra the owner of a total 480,000 bbls of crude oil stock. 

Combined gross production for the first four months of 2024 has averaged 23,000bopd (Net: ~6,800, bopd).

With 45 interventions planned over two campaigns, Afentra will continue its light well intervention programme that began during 2023, continues into 2024. 

The next sale of crude oil cargo (~450,000 bbls) is planned in June.

Focus on production optimisation

Afentra CEO Paul McDade, who has always appreciated the investment environment of Angola, said, “The completion of the Azule Acquisition is the final step in the complex process of acquiring a material equity position in both Block 3/05 (30%) and Block 3/05A (21.33%) through three separate transactions. We have now achieved our first goal of having significant exposure to these world-class production and near-term development assets. The next step, working closely with our Joint Venture partners, is to deliver the full potential of these assets for the benefit of all of our stakeholders while also reducing the carbon footprint of the assets. As with the previous two transactions the acquisition structure ensures that Afentra benefits from the net cash flow from the assets while working through the completion process, significantly reducing the cash payment at completion. I would like to thank Azule, ANPG and all the other parties involved for their pragmatism and support through this complex process. The Block 3/05 asset continues to perform strongly following the successful implementation of an ongoing work programme designed to optimise production from the existing wells. The completion of this transaction presents a strong growth platform for Afentra to capitalise on further compelling opportunities in Angola as well as in target markets in West Africa as we seek to build Afentra into a leading African focused independent.”

Signed at the NNPC Ltd's corporate headquarters in Abuja, the agreement was reached to boost upstream operations. (Image source: NNPC Ltd)

In an opportunity for value acceleration, NNPC Energy Services Limited (EnServ) has entered a technical partnership agreement with Schlumberger (SLB) 

Signed at the NNPC Ltd's corporate headquarters in Abuja, the agreement was reached to boost upstream operations.

As the 70-year NNPC-SLB relationship continues to grow strong, the oilfield services company is keen on investing in local talents and building capacity through technology and performance. Mele Kyari, Group CEO, NNPC Ltd said, “We are counting on Schlumberger (SLB) as our partners of 70 years. We are in business; we see the opportunities and strategic need to work with you and ultimately, we will create value for our country." 

With a definite plan around well drilling activities and associated operations in the next few years, Kyari believes that the partnership can potentially result in heightened activity and more drilling campaigns. “Quite a number of reforms are unfolding, and at the back of it is a potential release of investment that we are seeing in a very short term. Our physical environment is excellent today; contracting processes have been reviewed by virtue of the clear reforms Mr. President has put in place; and ultimately, we are already seeing substantial energy going into unlocking opportunities of today,” he said.

From plans to introduce a rig share platform to increased gas utilisation, NNPC has all hands on deck to raise crude oil production. In April, along with its joint venture partner in the field, Newcross Exploration and Production Ltd, NNPC resumed production from the Abowa unit field which is capable of hitting 12000 bopd every month. 

Achieving exploration and production targets

“We are here to celebrate the strategic partnership that we signed with EnServ as a technical partner. This agreement is geared towards unlocking the capacities of EnServ for Nigeria, which potentially will help NNPC Ltd to achieve its exploration and production targets. We look forward to using this technical partnership as a springboard to accelerate the vision that the industry needs.

“We are pleased to be at the center of this transition and are in a position where we can bring our technical capability, technology, and capacity to the country so as to support the operations of NNPC Ltd,” said Olivier Le Peuch, CEO, Schlumberger (SLB)

SLB is committed to promoting energy innovation and decarbonisation in Nigeria, especially since the company opened a West Africa regional office in Lagos early last year. 

Already a key exporter to Europe, Algeria has upped its game to widen reach in the international gas market. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

ExxonMobil has signed a deal with Sonatrach to develop two major gas fields in Ahnet and Gourara basins in southern Algeria

Signed by Sonatrach’s chief executive Rachid Hachichi and ExxonMobil’s head of exploration John Ardill, the deal highlights technological advancements and sustainability. 

Already a key exporter to Europe, Algeria has upped its game to widen reach in the international gas market. 

It is extensively collaborating with international oil companies, and continuously looking at ways to boost production. In a latest development, Sonatrach onboarded energy tech company Baker Hughes to stimulate production from the country's largest gas field, Hassi R’ Mel

In line with its US$50bn oil and gas investment plan that extends till 2027, Sonatrach recently initiated phase two of the southwest gas project, launching three key fields – Hassi Ba Hamou, Hassi Tidjerane, and Tinerkouk

Hydrocarbon Law drawing oil majors

Post introduction of the Hydrocarbon Law in 2019, Algeria has been showered with exceptional gas yeild which broke all records last year at 136 bn cu/m. Natural gas contributed two-thirds of its total oil equivalent production.

The flexible fiscal terms of the Hydrocarbon Law drew majors such as Chevron, Pertamina and TotalEnergies to name a few. 

While Chevron is eyeing Algeria’s gas-rich Ahnet, Gourara and Berkine basins, Pertamina anticipates drilling 12 oil wells in Block 405a. The Indonesian company has plans to invest over US$800mn in the Menzel Lejmat Nord block.

Last year, TotalEnergies signed an MoU with Sonatrach to develop gas resources in the North-East Timimoun region



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