US-based oil production company Vaalco Energy has commenced drilling at Kindele-1 well in Block 5 offshore Angola
Drilling contractor Transocean’s Celtic Sea semi-submersible rig is being used to drill the Kindele-1 well to a total depth of 2,250 metres, at a water depth of 100 metres.
Steve Guidry, CEO of Vaalco Energy, said, "We are very pleased to announce this major step forward for our operations offshore Angola. After nearly nine years of continued commitment to our Block 5 license, we are embarking on an important phase in our efforts to explore for hydrocarbons from the country.
“The company is also nearing finalisation of the seismic processing in the outboard part of Block 5, which was carried out to image pre-salt structures as potential targets for future exploration wells on the block.”
In October 2014, Vaalco Energy and natural gas production firm Sonangol entered into the subsequent exploration phase (SEP) on Block 5 offshore Angola.
According to the SEP, both the companies have committed to drill a total of four exploration wells in the southern African country.