CNOOC Africa Holding Ltd. (CNOOC) let a contract to Stena Drilling for the Stena Icemax mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) for a two-well program offshore Gabon.
The program is scheduled for first-quarter 2023 and has an estimated total campaign duration of 90 days.
CNOOC Africa Holding is operator in licenses BC9 and BCD10 offshore Gabon with 100% working interest.
In 2014, a large deepwater gas discovery on BCD10 was announced following drilling and appraisal of the Leopard-1 well about 145 km off the coast (OGJ Online, Oct. 22, 2014). Multiple presalt and postsalt prospects and leads have been identified with high exploration potential, the company said.