Azinam is set to embark on a major drilling campaign off Namibia and South Africa starting later this year following the play-opening Brulpadda discovery by Total where discovered resources have been pegged by a partner at as much as 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent.

The find, made at the recent Brulpadda-1AX re-entry well using semi-submersible Deepsea Stavanger, has “overturned conventional geological wisdom” that Aptian source rock stretching south from Angola was not oil-bearing, Azinam chief executive Daniel McKeown told an Oslo energy conference hosted by Sparebank1 Markets on Wednesday.