Geology and politics are heating up as upstream exploration focus turns back to West Africa

Issue 174 - 13 Nov 2009 | 4 minute read
Following the excitement over Ghana’s Jubilee field development and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’sVenusfind off Sierra Leone, Vanco Energy Company’s plans to spud a well offshore Côte d’Ivoire in late December will beclosely watched. The failure ofAnadarko’s South Grand Lahou-1 wildcat in Block CI-105,meansVanco’s Orca 1-x well – to bedrilled in water depth of 1,827 metres, to a total depth of 3,661 metres on the deepwater Block CI-401 bordering Ghana – willbe a test of Côte d’Ivoire’s ability to join Ghana in attracting investors to theWest AfricanTransform Margin.

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