VAALCO Energy Inc. has spudded the Etame 8H-ST well, starting its 2021-2022 drilling campaign offshore Gabon.
The well, the first in a four well campaign, will be drilled by a jack up rig provided by Borr Drilling Ltd. which has recently been deployed to the Etame platform (OGJ Online, June 16, 2021). The sidetrack is targeting existing Gamba hydrocarbons in Etame field that have not previously been produced by prior wells.
Drilling is expected to be completed in January with production expected later in first-quarter 2022.
The Etame Marin block is in the Congo basin about 32 km off the coast of Gabon. The license area is spread over five fields covering a total area of about 187 sq km. VAALCO is operator in Etame Marin field (63.6%) with partners Addax Petroleum Co. (33.9%) and PetroEnergy Resources Corp. (2.5%).