According to a press release from London-listed Kosmos Energy (Kosmos), the company will respud an exploration well off Suriname after encountering difficulties while drilling. 

The release indicated that The Anapai-1 well drilling in Block-45 offshore Suriname encountered shallow bore hole stability issues before reaching the target interval. 

A decision was taken that Kosmos and its partner will respud the well, Anapai-1A, targeting the same objectives. 

The release states that the well design has been reconfigured to address the issues previously encountered. Anapai-1A is expected to spud imminently and will take approximately 50 to 60 days to drill with results expected early in the third quarter. Kosmos’ share of the costs incurred to date on drilling the Anapai well is approximately $20 million. 

Kosmos holds rights in the Block 45 and Block 42 contract areas under production sharing contracts with the Government of Suriname. Kosmos (50 per cent) is the exploration operator of Block 45 and is joined by its partner, Chevron (50 per cent).

Kosmos (33.33 per cent) is the exploration operator of Block 42 and is joined by its partners, Chevron (33.33 per cent) and Hess Corporation.