Africa-based explorer Jacka Resources said that the GSP Jupiter jack-up rig has begun the final tow to Tunisia and is anticipated to arrive at the well location in about two weeks.

The operator of the Bargou Joint Venture and the Hammamet West-3 well, Cooper Energy has advised that the jack-up drilling rig left the port of Tuzla in Turkey on 10 March.

The rig was earlier deployed in the Black Sea and it was essential to partly remove the jack-up legs and the drilling derrick in a Romanian shipyard for the tow through the Bosphorus.

Jacka said the legs and derrick top were later replaced in Tuzla, while the Hammamet West-3 well will be spudded soon after arrival.

The Hammamet West-3 well will be a 570m horizontal test of the productivity of the naturally fractured Abiod Formation.

The vertical well Hammamet West-2, which was drilled in 1990, demonstrated a 192m oil column.

In 2012, the joint venture performed a number of subsurface studies using the 3D seismic data to identify regions of best fracture development within the Abiod formation.