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Springfield spuds Ghana wildcat

Drilling starts on first of two deep-water wells to be sunk in prospective block by local indie

Springfield E&P is reported to have kicked off drilling of the first of two deep-water wildcats to be sunk in its prospective West Cape Three Points Block 2 off Ghana.

Drillship Stena Forth this week spudded the Afina-1x probe to test Cenomanian oil potential on a similar play fairway to resources discovered to the east of the block on acreage operated by Eni.

Accra-based Springfield claims this makes it the first African independent to drill in deep water, which was hailed as a “historic achievement” by chief executive Kevin Okyere when he disclosed to local media that drilling had commenced on 7 October.

A second well, Oak-1x, will subsequently be drilled that will test a prospect on trend with Aker Energy's Beech discovery in the Deep Water Tano-Cape Three Points block immediately to the south-west of Springfield's tract.

The overall drilling operation for both wells has an estimated duration of three months, with the Stena Drilling-owned drillship contracted earlier this year at a dayrate of $175,000 reported by Bassoe Analytics.

Springfield is also working to mature further drilling targets in the block, which it operates with an 84% interest, with partner Ghana National Petroleum Corporation’s unit Explorco holding the remaining stake.

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