Drillship Maersk Voyager has arrived in Namibia’s waters ready to spud a long-awaited wildcat on one of the biggest prospects ever mapped offshore Africa.

The vessel "will arrive on location next week," said Keith Hill, chief executive of London-based Africa Oil, which has an indirect stake in the Venus-1 exploration well through a shareholding in well partner Impact Oil & Gas.

"Most exciting" well of 2021

Venus-1 is “probably the most exciting well to be drilled in the world this year,” he said during the company's third-quarter results webcast this week.