Shell and TotalEnergies are working hard to accelerate the development of their huge oil and gas discoveries offshore Namibia, according to the top executive of QatarEnergy which is a partner in both play opening finds.

Upstream broke the news about the multi-billion barrel and multi-trillion cubic foot Venus and Graff discoveries in the Orange basin earlier this year, with both supermajors looking to fast track their appraisal and development.

However, while Shell has drilled what is understood to be a positive appraisal well on Graff, TotalEnergies delineation plans for Venus have been delayed because its chosen drillship is still on duty in the Mediterranean Sea.