Few companies are paying down debt while staying bullish on exploration plans, but Africa Oil is an exception.
Total has spudded the Luiperd-1X well, offshore South Africa, as ExxonMobil has confirmed its exit from the state.
South African Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has welcomed Odjfell Drilling’s Deepsea Stavanger to Cape Towin.
The Odjfell Deepsea Stavanger is on its way to South Africa, to drill more wells for Total.
Africa Oil paid down $45.2 million of its debt during the first quarter, after receiving $87.5mn from its stake in three major Nigerian oilfields.
Drilling is expected to go ahead as planned at South Africa’s Block 11B/12B, with the first Luiperd well due in June.
Africa Energy has signed farm-out agreements on Block 2B offshore South Africa, with Panoro Energy and Azinam.