TotalEnergies, the French supermajor, has spudded its much-hyped Venus-1 wildcat offshore Namibia that will target a multi-billion-barrel mega-structure.

Drillship Maersk Voyager arrived near the well location in Block 2913B on 29 November, according to VesselsValue website, and was preparing for drilling operations to begin on 30 November.

Siraj Ahmed, chief executive of block partner Impact Oil & Gas, said: "This is an exciting moment for Impact and our shareholders.