Oslo-listed BW Energy will carry out a major seismic survey over its Kudu gas discovery offshore Namibia aiming to pinpoint additional resources — potentially trillions of cubic feet — that could attract a development partner.

Gas from Kudu is earmarked to feed a new 420 megawatt barge-based power plant south of Luderitz, with front-end engineering and design work under way based on subsea wells, a floating production unit and a 195-kilometre pipeline.

Earlier this year, BW Energy acquired Seadrill’s semi-submersible rig West Leo, which it plans to convert into an FPU with a key role to separate liquids from gas.