Aminex (LSX:AEX) signed a rental contract for use of the Caroil-6 drilling rig at Nyuni Island, offshore Tanzania.
The Caroil-6 will be used to drill the Nyuni-2 well, targeting a large Neocomian-age gas prospect, and the rig will be mobilized to Nyuni Island within 60 days.
Nyuni-1 was drilled and suspended in 2004, having encountered gas in shallower Albian-Aptian sands. Nyuni-2 is an exploration well and will be drilled from the same site as the suspended Nyuni-1 well, but deviated to the southeast at an angle of approximately 30 degrees from vertical. Planned total vertical depth is approximately 2975 meters and measured depth approximately 3380 meters.
The Caroil-6 was successfully used for drilling Aminex's Kiliwani North-1 discovery well in 2008. It has since been upgraded with a top-drive and additional mud pump capacity.
Aminex chairman Brian Hall commented: "Finalizing a contract for Caroil-6 is the first major step in our 2011 Tanzanian drilling program, following our recent fund-raising exercise. Shareholders will be notified as soon as the Nyuni-2 well has been spudded."