Drilling action is on the rise in the Guianas, amid signs that the Sorubim-1 wildcat could give ExxonMobil an eighth consecutive success off Guyana.

The US giant is stepping up development drilling on the pioneering Liza discovery and is using a second rig to appraise subsequent discoveries and drill new prospects

Over the border in Suriname, Kosmos Energy has spudded the Anapai-1 well and is expected to reach total depth in mid-May.

With other explorers such as Apache preparing their own exploration plans in Suriname, Repsol pursuing prospects down-dip of Liza in Guyana and Total planning to drill the Nasau prospect in French Guiana, the Guianas play is taking an important place on the industry stage.