TotalEnergies is weeks away from awarding five further drilling services contracts worth about $250 million on its huge 426-well Tilenga oil project in Uganda, with a Chinese company in pole position to land the bulk of the orders.

Earlier this month, the French supermajor awarded the first five Tilenga drilling contracts to US-listed Schlumberger, Vallourec of France and China’s ZPEB, with Upstream told that these orders were worth about $600 million in total.

Informed sources in East Africa told Upstream that the total value of the remaining five drilling services contracts will likely be around $250 million.