Frontera Energy Corporation and CGX Energy Inc, joint venture partners on several Guyana projects, disclosed moments ago that Maersk Drilling Holdings Singapore Limited has been hired to provide a semi-submersible drilling unit, the Maersk Discoverer, and associated services to drill the Kawa-1 well in the Corentyne Block.
The partners are targeting an early third quarter spud for the Kawa-1 well. The primary target for the Kawa -1 well is a Santonian age, stratigraphic trap, interpreted to be analogous to the discoveries immediately to the east on Block 58 in Suriname.
Furthermore, the Kawa-1 well is anticipated to be drilled to a total depth of approximately 6,500 meters in a water depth of approximately 370 meters.
As for the Maersk Discoverer, this is a sixth Generation semi-submersible mobile drilling unit capable of operating in 3,000 meters water depth. Its primary features are a 15,000 rated well control system, a dual activity derrick, and a moored capability with dynamic positioning. These features make it an excellent fit for the Kawa-1 well’s subsurface conditions, drilling requirements, and the water depth on location.
In conjunction with the Drilling Contract between CGX Resources and Maersk, Frontera anticipates entering into a separate Deed of Guarantee with Maersk for certain obligations in connection with the day rates under the Drilling Contract on behalf of CGX Resources, up to a maximum of US$25 million subject to a sliding scale mechanism in connection with payments made under the Drilling Contract.
Frontera and CGX anticipate entering into an agreement pursuant to which all amounts drawn under the Deed that are attributed to CGX Resources’ share of the Joint Venture costs, shall be guaranteed by CGX.