Namibia: NAMCOR and QatarEnergy confirm new light oil discovery on PEL 39


The National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR) has confirmed that the Jonker-1X well has discovered light oil within PEL 39 in the Orange Basin offshore Namibia. This is the third successful well in the license after the drilling of Graff-1 and La Rona-1 last year.

PEL 39 comprises of Blocks 2913A and 2914B, operated by Shell along with partners Qatar Energy and NAMCOR. Shell resumed drilling with the Deepsea Bollsta in December 2022 and has the rig mobilized in Namibia until at least November 2023, Hawilti’s Offshore Rigs Tracker shows.

“The Jonker-1X well was drilled to a total depth of 6,168 meters in a water depth of 2,210 meters. The acquired data is being evaluated while further appraisal is planned to determine the size and recoverable potential of the discovery,” QatarEnergy said.

Shell is yet to make any official announcement on Jonker-1 or to confirm the estimated reserves it has discovered since 2022. Early industry estimates have assumed that Graff alone could hold 700 million barrels of recoverable oil and could be developed via a new FPSO and a possible FLNG solution.

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