Sintana Energy provided updates on its petroleum exploration licenses 83 (PEL 83) and 90 (PEL 90) in Namibia’s Orange Basin, the company announced in an Nov. 27 press release.

Sintana confirmed from Custos Energy that the Mopane 2X exploration well in PEL 83 has been spud. The Mopane well is the first of two wells scheduled to be drilled by the semisubmersible Hercules.

Each of Custos and NAMCOR, Namibia’s national petroleum company, own 10% working interests in PEL 83 and are carried by Galp Energia through the exploration phase, according to the release. Sintana maintains a 49% indirect interest in Custos.

An affiliate of Chevron filed for an Environmental Clearance Certificate with the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism for the Republic of Namibia. This would provide for the drilling of up to five exploration and five appraisal wells on Block 2813B, governed by PEL 90, beginning Q4 of 2024.

Sintana, through its investment in InterOil, maintains a 49% indirect interest in Trago Energy Ltd, a 10% working interest owner in PEL 90.

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