US based Harvest Natural Resources has commenced drilling operations on the Ruche Marin-A well located in the offshore waters of Gabon.

This exploration well on the Dussafu production sharing contract is being drilled utilizing the Transocean Sedneth 701 semi-submersible drilling unit.

The well will be drilled in a water depth of 380ft to test multiple stacked pre-salt targets to a planned total measured depth of approximately 10,100ft.

Harvest Natural Resources is an independent energy company with principal operations in Venezuela, producing and exploration assets in the US, exploration assets in Indonesia, West Africa, China and Oman.