African energy company Chariot has revealed that the Stena Don rig, owned by Stena Drilling, has begun mobilization to Morocco where it will drill a gas appraisal well in the offshore Lixus license.
Chariot contracted this platform with Stena Drilling in September 2021 to conduct drilling operations on the Anchois gas field in the Lixus permit, offshore Morocco. Operations are expected to commence in mid-December 2021 and last approximately 40 days. This is the first time the rig has left the North Sea.
According to the latest AIS data, the Stena Don platform is currently located in UKC - Irish Sea and is expected to arrive in Morocco on 13 December 2021.
Adonis Pouroulis Chariot's interim CEO, said: "We are excited to have drilling operations begin at Anchois and look forward to keeping the market informed of appropriate developments."
Chariot also has hired Halliburton for services on the appraisal well, including project management services; directional drilling and logging while drilling services; drilling fluids, materials and engineering services. In addition, services will include cementing, pumping, materials and engineering services; wireline logging services; and drilling and coring services,
The permis Lixus covers an area of approximately 2,390 km2 , 30 km north of the existing Moroccan Chariot acreage, with water depths ranging from shoreline to 850 m. The area has been previously explored with existing 3D seismic data covering approximately 1,425 km2 and four exploration wells, including the Anchois gas discovery.
As previously stated, Chariot's appraisal drilling objectives are to unlock the development of the discovered sands by confirming gas resource volumes, reservoir quality and well productivity, and to provide a future production well for the field development.
Another objective is to potentially deepen the well into other potential low-risk sands in order to establish a larger resource base for long-term growth.
Stena Don is a semi-submersible platform, suitable for drilling, completion and workover operations. The rig recently drilled, completed and tested the Evelyn Development Well located in the British North Sea for Tailwind.