French supermajor TotalEnergies and US independent Apache are poised to have a pair of rigs in operation again in Block 58 offshore Suriname to expedite exploration and appraisal activities in the area.

The partners have already made five discoveries — Maka Central-1, Sapakara West-1, Kwaskwasi-1, Keskesi-1 and Krabdagu-1 — in Block 58 since January 2020, with the latter estimated to hold more than 180 million barrels of oil in place.

TotalEnergies and Apache are presently drilling the Dikkop-1 wildcat with the Maersk Drilling drillship Maersk Valiant, while Apache is drilling the Baja-1 exploration well in adjacent Block 53 with the Noble Corporation drillship Noble Gerry de Souza.