French supermajor Total has extended its charter of a Maersk Drilling-owned rig to continue appraisal activities offshore Suriname, currently one of the hottest exploration spots in the world after a string of recent high-profile discoveries.

Total and project partner US independent Apache have made a series of discoveries in Block 58 in Suriname since January 2020, including Maka Central-1, Sapakara West-1, Kwaskwasi-1 and Keskesi East-1.

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