Qatar Petroleum to Enter Exploration Blocks Namibia
Under the agreements, which are subject to customary regulatory approvals by the government of Namibia and approvals by the partners in the blocks, Qatar Petroleum will hold a 30% participating interest in Block 2913B, with Total (the Operator) holding a 40% participating interest. The other partners in the block are Impact Oil (20%), and Namcor (10%). A first exploration well is scheduled to be drilled in the first half of next year. Also under the agreements, Qatar Petroleum will hold a 28.33% participating interest in Block 2912, with Total (the Operator) holding a 37.78% participating interest. The other partners in the block are Impact Oil (18.89%) and Namcor (15%).
Commenting on the agreements, His Excellency Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, and President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum, says, “We are pleased to expand our global exploration activities into Namibia, which further strengthens our presence in Africa. Working on these prospective frontier blocks with our valuable long-term partner, Total, will give another boost to our efforts towards implementing our international growth strategy.” His Excellency Minister Al-Kaabi adds, “We look forward to working together with the Namibian Government and with our partners in these blocks to achieve positive results that meet the interests of all parties.”
Blocks 2913B and 2912 sit adjacent to one another offshore Namibia. Block 2913B is 2,600-3,300m deep with an area of about 8,215km2, while Block 2912 is 3,300-3,800m deep with an area of about 7,813km2.