Preparations for drilling in Block 11 of the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone procced normally and are progressing according to the plan, told CNA General Manager of Total E&P Cyprus Yves Grosjean.
The drilling by French Total in consortium with Italian Eni which acquire last March 50% participating Interest of Block 11 was expected by mid July.
"We are on schedule, said Grosjean and added that the drillship "West Capella is on its way and will arrive in Cyprus on 12th of July. After arriving in Cyprus, he added, the drillship will carry out some testing, before starting the drilling at "Onisiforos well. The tests are expected to last a few days and less than a week.
"As soon as these tests are over the drill will start, he noted. The General Manager of Total also said that the depth of the drilling is expected to reach 3500-4000 metres.
The drilling, said Grosjean will last between 2-3 months and the preliminary results are expected between next September and October.
On 26/6 the Republic of Cyprus issued a directive to seafarers (NAVTEX 240/17), saying that drilling operation will be conducted in an area bounded by the drilling ship "West Capella, from the 10th of July 2017 until 15th of October 2017.
The rights on Block 11 were assigned by the Republic of Cyprus to Total back in 2013 at the conclusion of the second international bid round held by the country. Total decided to extend the lease of Block 11, re-evaluating its geophysical model in view of the discovery of Egypts giant Zohr field only about 6km away from the boundary of Block 11.