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Springfield to become first independent African energy firm for deepwater drilling

Springfield deep water drilling

Springfield signs contract with Stena Unicorn to use drillship Stena Forth

Springfield Exploration and Production (SEP) has signed a contract with Stena Unicorn for the Stena Forth Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) to drill in deep water. Springfield will be the first independent African energy company to drill in deep water.

Deep water drilling has never been performed by an independent African energy company before, Springfield CEO Kevin Okyere told the media. 

Springfield Exploration and Production is a subsidiary of Springfield — one of the pioneers in Ghana’s downstream sector. Springfield operates the West Cape Three Points Block 2 (WCTP Block 2). It is also one of the world’s largest seismic vessels.

Erik Ronsberg, CEO of Stena Drilling and director of Stena Unicon, commented, “We have worked in Ghana for several years now, building our Ghanaian crew complement on Stena Forth to more than 50 percent, so thrilled to be playing a part in Ghana’s exciting future together with an inspiring company like Springfield.”

Springfield will begin its drilling campaign on WCTP Block 2 in September by using drillship Stena Forth. Stena Forth is one of the world’s most advanced drillships with a capacity to operate up to 10,000 ft. of water and drilling to a depth of 35,000 ft.

Currently, Stena Forth is under a contract with Tullow Oil. Stena Forth has commenced its second expedition in the Orinduik block offshore Guyana. This drilling expedition will be carried out to about 82 nautical miles from the coast of Guyana.

Okyere told the media that the company is deeply committed to achieve its vision by tapping into the continent’s resources. 

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