TotalEnergies’ highly anticipated appraisal campaign on its huge Venus oil and gas discovery offshore Namibia will take place in early 2023.

Perhaps to make up for lost time, the operator is now studying the possibility of bringing two rigs into the country to accelerate appraisal and exploration drilling.

Upstream broke the news about the multi-billion barrel oil equivalent Venus and Shell-operated Graff discoveries in the Orange basin earlier this year, with both operators looking to fast track their appraisal and development.