Chariot contract boosts Senergy’s growing Africa footprint

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Global diversified energy services company Senergy has been awarded a contract on a deepwater prospect in Africa to provide drilling and support services for Chariot Oil and Gas Limited, an AIM-listed, Africa-focused oil and gas exploration company.

Senergy is undertaking full wells project management including well operations, well engineering, logistics, contracting and procurement for Chariot’s Tapir North (Northern Licence - 1811A&B) and Nimrod (Southern Licence - 2714A&B) prospects in Namibia. The work started in March and is expected to last for around 15 months with Chariot planning to drill one well in Q4 2011 and a planned second well 2012.

Chariot’s contract award, which was signed by Enigma Oil & Gas Exploration (Pty) Limited, Chariot’s wholly owned subsidiary in Namibia, further underpins Senergy’s increasing technical expertise and innovation in the region where it has a fast-growing portfolio of projects with a number of exploration companies. Senergy is currently supporting African Petroleum in the delivery of well engineering, wells project management and subsurface expertise for its two well drilling campaign offshore the Gulf of Guinea commencing June 2011 using a sixth generation deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig.

Jon Fuller, Regional Manager Africa at Senergy said: “The Chariot project, which involves planned wells in water depths of 2,400 metres, builds considerably on our growing footprint in Africa where we have been involved in an extensive number of high-profile projects.

“During the last two years as well as growing our West African drilling expertise, we have also worked in a technical advisory role in Ghana and have been involved in the country’s recent significant discoveries, the Jubilee and Tweneboa fields. We have been actively involved in assessing different Nigerian asset packages for clients, and our knowledge of the frontier basins of Liberia and Ghana is also leading to a number of mandates from companies looking to get into these basins, or to better understand the acreage they already have.”

Mr Fuller added that Senergy’s London-based wells team has been instrumental in securing the Chariot contract: “A key part of planning an optimised well is to develop a strong working relationship with clients during the planning phase. Our office gives London-based Chariot immediate access to our team, ensuring close interface between their subsurface team and our drilling specialists.

“Senergy continues to invest in international expansion, with Africa being an attractive growth prospect, and the investment in overseas expansion is paying off. The number of enquiries and opportunities coming through our London office continues to increase and in support of this growth we plan to further expand our wells capability.”

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