SOCO International has commenced drilling the Lidongo X Marine-101 exploration well in Marine XI Block—at a 45-m water depth—23 km off the coast of Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo. The well will be drilled to 3100 m total vertical depth subsea by the jack-up drilling rig Noble Percy Johns and will terminate in the lower part of the Djeno Sandstone formation. The well will test the extension of an adjacent field into Marine XI. SOCO (40.39%) is operator, with Raffia Oil (26.11%), SNPC (15%), AOGC (10%), and PetroVietnam (8.5%).
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