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Drilling campaign will begin shortly. (Image source: Trident Energy)

Noble Venturer drill ship has arrived at Luba port to commence exploration activities on Trident-operated Block G that includes the Ceiba and Okume complex fields offshore Equatorial Guinea

Since the start, Trident has largely invested in production improvement initiatives in the region, including conversion of 15 gas lift wells to electrical submersible pumps (ESP). Now that the vessel has arrived, the drilling campaign will begin shortly, involving two infill wells located in water depths of 250m and 740m, before tackling an exploration well in Kosmos-operated Block S.

Unlocking potential 

Panoro Energy, which holds a 14.25% participating interest in Block G, is keen on tapping into Block S prospects as it can open a new play fairway with potentially very positive read across to the adjacent Block EG-01 where the company is an operator.  

The drillship contract was awarded to Noble Corporation for Noble Venturer on behalf of Trident Equatorial Guinea Inc and joint venture partners, Panoro, Kosmos Energy and GEPetrol in April.

François Raux, chief operating officer at Trident Energy ML said, "The arrival of the drill ship is a milestone that demonstrates our ability to restart the drilling programme very quickly. It affirms our commitment to unlock the potential of these fields and unleash further growth in Equatorial Guinea - safely, efficiently and responsibly. This will be a busy and exciting period for the company and look forward to getting underway.”