Smarting from the disappointing results of Makandina 8-2, the first seismically defined well it would drill in Namibia’s Kavango Basin, ReconAfrica is building the access road and drilling pad for the next probe, the Wisdom 5-1 (previously referred to as the P 2-7), wildcat.
The plan is to spud the well in mid-December 2022.
Makandina 8-2 failed because of lack of a trapping mechanism for the accumulation in the prospect area, in the view of the operator.
The Wisdom 5-1 well will, on the contrary, be located in a sequence marked by high structuration.
“The well will principally test stacked plays in a different part of the Karoo Rift Basin”, ReconAfrica says in a release. “This drilling location is controlled by three seismic lines which show that the targeted structure may extend three kilometres in the strike direction. This roll-over structure (the target) lies in a deeper part of the rift basin”.
The main objective of this well is to penetrate an extended Karoo stratigraphy, comprising stacked source rock, reservoir, and trapping intervals.
“An additional objective is to penetrate the deeper Pre-Karoo once again, to test the source and reservoir intervals. In close proximity are other structures of interest, which could develop into a target rich exploration area, some reachable by deviating the 5-1 well”.