Africa was once the global hotspot for explorers chasing elephant-sized discoveries, both offshore and onshore, but has been in the doldrums for the past few years.

However, 2022 is looking to be a banner year for the continent’s wildcatters as supermajors and independents return to the exploration fray.

The place to be at the moment is Namibia where — as Upstream went to press — Shell and TotalEnergies were drilling ahead on play-opening probes in the Orange basin.