Maersk hitches Chariot ride off Namibia

Danish operator Maersk Drilling has tied up a one-well contract with Chariot Oil & Gas which is chasing reserves off Namibia.

Chariot’s subsidiary Enigma Oil & Gas has hired the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig Maersk Deliverer to drill the Tapir South prospect.

The well, on Chariot’s 100%-owned Northern Block 1811A, holds gross unrisked mean prospective resources of 604 million barrels of oil, the London-listed company said on Tuesday.

Maersk’s unit is expected to arrive on site at the end of March and will be drilling in water depths of over 2100 metres to a total depth of 5100 metres at the well some 80 kilometres off Namibia.

Drilling is set to take two months.

The Maersk Deliverer will be coming from Block LB-9 off Liberia where it has just struck “significant oil” for African Petroleum Corporation at the Narina-1 wildcat.

Narina-1 hit combined net oil pay of 32 metres, registering 37-degree API crude in 27 net metres of a Turonian reservoir and 44-degree API oil in an ­Albian zone.

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