HRT Walvis Petroleum (HRT Walvis), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brazil-based oil and gas company HRT Participações em Petróleo, has commenced drilling at the Murombe-1 well on the Murombe Prospect in the Walvis basin, offshore of Namibia.
HRT Walvis is drilling the well to target the Murombe Prospect located in the Petroleum Exploration License 23 (PEL-23).
The well is situated 220km north-west of Walvis Bay in 1,391m of water depth and about 15km east of HRT’s first well on PEL-23.
HRT has plans to spud the well in about 72 days to a projected total depth of 5,360m using the semi-submersible Transocean Marianas.
During drilling, the well will test a 1,000km² basin floor fan on a way4-dip closure at its highest structural elevation within a turbidite complex.
The company is drilling the well to test the resource potential of Barremian-aged turbidite reservoirs as its primary objective. Its shallower secondary objective is the Santonian-aged Baobab confined channel complex with turbidite reservoirs.
The Boabab reservoir is anticipated to be discovered at 3,670m depth below sea level, while the Murombe reservoir is likely to be found at 5,090m depth below sea level.
HRT Participações em Petróleo CEO, Milton Franke, said: "HRT is very excited to continue its Namibia exploration campaign with the Murombe well. We hope to benefit from the positive results of the Wingat-1 where source rocks and light oil were discovered."
GALP Energia holds a 14% participating interest in HRT’s current exploration programme to drill the first three wells.
HRT is the operator of ten blocks offshore of Namibia, which contains four petroleum licenses.
Image: Murombe Prospect, offshore of Namibia. Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.