Total is poised to resume drilling at a wildcat off Senegal where it recently suffered an issue with a blowout preventer on the Pacific Drilling-owned rig.
The French supermajor will restart drilling operations with the drillship Pacific Santa Ana on the Jamm-1XB exploration well on its operated Rufisque Deep block on Friday or over the weekend, Upstream has been told. It comes after drilling was halted on 21 June, Upstream understands, after unspecified problems with the BOP stack.
One source close to operations said the BOP has now been repaired and neither the rig nor the crew were required to come off the block, where drilling started in April. Another source said crew were ordered off the rig in the second half of June, sent ashore to Senegal’s capital, Dakar, for three weeks and are set to rejoin the unit on Friday.