Shell spuds exploration well offshore Namibia

Eileen van der Schyff

In an article by Ed Reed, International Digital Journalist at Energy Voice, Reed reveals oil-giant Shell spudded the Graff-1 exploration well offshore Namibia in the Orange Basin in around 2 000 meters of water, 300km from Lüderitz, and began drilling the well on Block 2913A on 8 December 2021.

Reed further reports Namibian government owned Namcor reported the development.  “Shell Namibia Upstream is operating the well and QatarEnergy (QE) is involved. ‘This is quite a milestone for us and the country as a whole and [we] look forward to the well results.’ Namcor Said. Shell and QE each have 45 % in the area, while Namcor has 10%. The supermajor is using the Valaris DS-10 for the well, under contract from November 2021 to January 2022 in Namibia. Shell had been weighing up three prospects on the block before opting to go with Graff. Shell shot 7 500 square km of 3D seismic off Namibia in 2019. The government of Namibia gave the approval of the plan and has said drilling would be around three months per well.”

Offshore reports,TotalEnergies is also drilling the ultra-deepwater Venus-1 prospect, both on trend with the Pancontinental-operated Saturn turbidite complex in the offshore PEL 87 concession. According to a Pancontinental spokesperson, ‘These turbidite plays are likely very large oil fields elsewhere in Africa, triggering significant interest in offshore Namibia from major oil companies and Africa specialists.

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