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    Chariot Hires Stena Don Rig For Drilling Operations in Morocco

    Africa-focused energy company Chariot has hired one of Stena Drilling’s semi-submersible rigs for a gas appraisal well offshore in Morocco.

    08 Sep 2021

    Rabat- Oil and gas company Chariot has entered into an agreement with offshore drilling firm Stena Drilling to use its Stena Don drilling rig for the Anchois gas appraisal well within the Lixus licence, offshore Morocco.

    Drilling operations are set to begin in December 2021 and are expected to take up to approximately 40 days.

    Chariot further stated that its objectives were to unlock the development of the discovered sands by confirming the gas resource volumes, reservoir quality and well productivity, and provide a future production well for the development of the field.

    The energy company also had plans to potentially deepen the well into additional low-risk prospective sands with the aim of establishing a larger resource base for longer-term growth.

    “The signing of this contract is an important moment in our planned drilling campaign for the Lixus Licence, offshore Morocco,” said Chariot’s acting CEO Adonis Pouroulis.

    He added, “As a team, we have been keenly focused on delivering the drilling campaign that we recently raised money for, and we are pleased that this contract award brings us a step closer to achieving this. We look forward to keeping our stakeholders appraised as we get closer to the spud date.”

    The Lixus licence covers an area of approximately 923 square miles, some 19 miles north of Chariot’s existing Moroccan acreage, with water depths ranging from the coastline to 2,800 feet.

    Prior exploration in the area included 3D seismic data covering approximately 550 square miles and four exploration wells, including the Anchois gas discovery.

    Back in July, Chariot appointed David Brecknock to the role of Drilling Manager, to lead the planned Anchois gas appraisal well drilling.

    “David has considerable experience with high profile deepwater offshore drilling with over 20 years of international experience gained with Enterprise, Shell, BG, Devon, Perenco, Ophir as well as leading Chariot's drilling in Namibia in 2018,” Chariot said at the time.

    Stena Don, the rig which will be used for the appraisal, is semi-submersible, suitable for drilling, completion, and workover operations, Rigzone reported.

    Morocco continues “to support the development of domestic gas prospects to support the fast-growing industrial sector in [the country] and contribute to its global competitiveness by providing a cheap, clean and reliable source of energy,' declared Moulay Hafid Elalamy, the minister of industry, trade and green and digital economy.

    Chariot has previously stated that the Anchois development concept consisted of subsea production wells, which are connected by a subsea flowline to an onshore processing facility, where gas is processed and then delivered into the Maghreb-Europe Gas pipeline via an onshore gas flowline.

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