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2D Seismic Acquisition Award

Following an extensive tender procedure, Monitor has awarded the 2D seismic acquisition program of a minimum of 200-line-km to the Canadian company Polaris Natural Resources Development Ltd. Contract signature, expected before end May 2024, will be followed by immediate mobilization of crew and equipment. Acquisition is planned for July-August 2024, with in field processing providing…

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Monitor sponsors Africa Global Energy Summit 2024 in London

And also this year Monitor will not miss the Africa Energies summit in London. It covers wide range of topics relevant to Africa’s oil & energy industry from upstream investment, and government promotion through to renewable energy opportunities. The event is held on May 14, 15 and 16, 2024. Monitor Exploration and Mel Oil & Gas…

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Invitation to Tender for 2D seismic

In line with PEL 93’s exploration strategy and work program, in accordance with the Joint Venture partners, an invitation to tender has been sent out to selected bidders. The tender requests proposals for acquisition of a minimum of 200 line-km of low impact 2D seismic to add to vintage and the newly acquired 60 line-km…

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Approval of First Renewal and New Partner 88 Energy

Moving Forward into First Renewal Exploration Period Monitor is pleased to announce that the Minister of Mines and Energy of Namibia Hon. Tom K. Alweendo has approved the First Renewal Exploration Period to October 2025 for our Owambo onshore licence, with a commitment of min. 200 km of additional 2D seismic acquisition at a minimum…

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Finance Manager

Monitor is pleased to announce that Constantine Tripodis BCom, Adv. Cert. International Tax, MBA, SAIPA, is joining us as  Finance Manager to supervise  our Namibian company, as it prepares for the next stages of its development .     Costa is a professional accountant, resident in South Africa, having had early experience as an oil…

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We are in London May 16-18 at the Africa Energies Summit

Also this year, Monitor will attend the Africa Energies Summit held in London, May 16-18, 2023. Robin Sutherland, our Senior Technical Advisor, will represent Monitor Exploration at the conference. We endorse the summit as it manages to create an international stage for Africa’s energy industry and promote African energy potential and opportunities. The spirit of…

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Monitor actively promotes career development of young Namibians

As part of our corporate engagement to promote the career development of young Namibian professionals, Monitor continues to financially support individual training and courses upon request. This month, April 2023, Monitor provided the necessary funds for a Namibian female student to pursue a petrochemical training program of her choice at Nosa Samtrac and covered her…

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Recon’s Operational update confirms Monitor’s potential

The recent Operational update from Recon Africa on April 3, 2023, confirms the very significant potential of the Owambo Basin, where their wells have proven a working petroleum system in the deeper Owambo play. This play is the primary focus of exploration in our PEL93, some 100kms to the West, with the 144sqkm structure interpreted in…

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Damara fold play now recognised by Recon

ReconAfrica have now recognised the very significant potential of the Damara fold play, which manifests in our acreage as the southern thrust belt.  While their description of structures of 5 km across and 40 km long is smaller than our AOI 00, which we estimate to be 11 km x 60 km, the anticipated reservoirs and other elements of the petroleum system are identical.  Reservoir…

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Robin Sutherland

Monitor’s Senior Technical Advisor Robin Sutherland has been appointed a Non-Executive Director at Invictus Energy, an independent upstream oil and gas company currently focused in Zimbabwe. Robin will continue his valuable work at Monitor as before, leading our exploration efforts in Africa. We wish Robin all the best with his role at Invictus.  

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Recon announces first results on Makandina 8-2 well

Recon’s latest announcement from Nov 9, 2022, regarding the results of the Makandina 8-2 well, including predominantly gaseous hydrocarbons seen in the well, clearly reinforce the thesis that the oil found in their first two wells was not sourced from the relatively small Karoo Rift Basin in this eastern area but from the deeper Owambo…

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Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) is now issued

On 15 September 2022 the Environmental Commissioner at the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Namibia has signed the Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC). The ECC is the ultimate Government document which authorises the application of the already deposited and approved Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) to run a 2D seismic…

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Monitor to speak at the AOW next month

Also this year, Monitor is present at the Africa Oil Week held in Capetown, South Africa. Our company is grateful for this opportunity.  Robin Sutherland will speak on October 6th – Thursday – at 12:00 am during the Prospect Forum. We look forward to meeting many senior delegates    there, representatives of Governments and companies across the world,…

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Initial Exploration Period extended

Today, Just 14th, 2022 the Ministry of Mines and Energy has positively assessed our timely request to extend the duration of our Initial Exploration Period, as the Covid-19 pandemic has significantly limited our ability to execute our business plan during the last two years. Monitor has been granted a 12-month extension. Now the Initial Exploration…

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Monitor eagerly awaiting Recon’s 8-2 result

Monitor Exploration eagerly await news of the latest ReconAfrica well, where we see a reasonable chance of a discovery at this location in the Karoo rift. We anticipate good quality basal sands in the rift with access to oil charge from the main Owambo Basin and that seal quality will improve in this central rift…

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Technical Advisory Meeting: March 2022

A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) virtual meeting took place on March 23, 2022, with the purpose of revising Monitor’s work undertaken in the past 2 years and update the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) and NAMCOR, who partner with 10% in the licence. Both MME and NAMCOR expressed their satisfaction in Monitor’s progress and…

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Community Engagement meetings

Monitor recognizes the importance of the Community engagement as an integral part of our exploration programme in Namibia. It is our goal to establish a long-term relationship with the community leaders and residents throughout the life-time of our work in the country. As part of this commitment, in March 2022 Robin Sutherland from Monitor traveled…

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Commencement of EIA and EMP for seismic operations

Monitor closed 2021 by commencing the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP), engaging Risk-Based Solutions (RBS) of Dr. Sindila Mwiya and his team. Upon completion, Monitor will be granted a clearance certificate, mandatory for onshore Namibia, for conventional seismic operations over PEL 93. We expect to obtain this authorization by May-June 2022,…

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Africa Energy Week in Capetown 2021

Africa Energy Week Cape Town 09-12 November Meet Robin Sutherland there Robin Sutherland will attend this important event for Africa on behalf of Monitor Exploration. It is a great opportunity to meet new and old friends from the Industry. You can pick up our MEL postcards at the event. The event is from the 9…

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Additional G&G to our data package

Etosha 5-1 ST-1 750km of 2D seismic To continue de-risking of our three AOIs, MEL has decided to purchase additional data from Namcor.  This includes the well data over Etosha 5-1 and ST-1 as well as 2D Seismic lines for a total of 750 km, in addition to the seismic lines which we have purchased in…

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Monitor at the Africa Oil Week in Dubai

AOW 2021: We will be there Monitor will take part in the Africa Oil Week in Dubai this year. We will make a presentation of our onshore opportunity to investors as part of the Farmout Finance Forum on November 11th. Our partners from Pioneer Oil and Gas will be present in the Dubai and will…

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Let’s mingle in London this week

We are there! Andrew Shrager, Simon Ashby-Rudd and Chris Baxter from Monitor Exploration will be attending the Africa E&P summit this week. It is a great opportunity to meet you in person. Give Andrew, Simon or Chris a call or an IM on Whatsapp at the numbers provided at the bottom of our Homepage to have a coffee at the breaks.     Our postcard for…

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Watch us on Finding Petroleum on July 16th

Monitor is invited to present its compelling exploration story in North Namibia, close to the licence of Recon Africa Energy, who has been making headlines recently. The webinar is called Finding Petroleum and is organised by David Bamford.  The leading title this Friday  goes “Is There Oil In Southern Africa?” and aims to address probably…

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Simon Ashby-Rudd joins as Corporate Advisor

MEL is pleased to announce that Mr Simon Ashby-Rudd has been appointed as Corporate Adviser. Simon has over 30 years of banking and advisory experience to the Energy Sector, including most recently with Standard Bank of South Africa where he built and ran the Oil, Gas and Renewables team that focused on funding the sector…

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Robin Sutherland: valuable adjoining to MEL

As of June 2021, MEL is pleased to welcome to its team Robin Sutherland. In his experience, he has held a variety of technical and leadership roles in African oil and gas, joining the highly respected Energy Africa team in 1997 and leading Tullow’s exploration team through the discovery and appraisal of the Jubilee and…

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Second strat well spudded by our neighbour

On May 5th, 2021, our neighbour Recon Africa has announced to have spudded its second strat well, according to company’s operating plan. This well, named 6-1, is drilling to a target depth of 3,800 meters (12,500 feet). “The 6-1 well is designed to evaluate the petroleum systems discovered in the first well (6-2) in an…

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Our Neighbour Confirms Working Petroleum System

Our Neighbour Confirms Working Petroleum System 15 April 2021 MEL notes that Recon Africa has announced that the results of its first stratigraphic well results for its licence area onshore in the North East of Namibia have established clear evidence of  the presence of a conventional working petroleum system in the Kavango basin.  “The well…

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2D seismic in Q3 2021 by our neighbour Recon Africa

Recon Africa has announced that the company will acquire 450 km of 2D seismic data in the Kalahari Desert of North East Namibia. The subsequent interpretation will be tied to the currently ongoing three-strat-wells-drilling-program. The proposed seismic survey will be conducted along existing roads and tracks.  Vis-à-vis MEL, the technical work done so far over our…

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Is This The Hottest Oil Play Of The Year?

Is This The Hottest Oil Play Of The Year? By Cliff Shrew  Jan 14, 2021 Oilprice.com dedicates an article on the current hotspot for oil and gas onshore exploration, namely North Namibia.      Oil Experts See Huge Potential   Wood Mackenzie, the most trusted name in oil and gas resource assessments, states that the target…

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Stay in touch with the industry despite Covid-19

This year Africa E&P summit was held as a webinar, due to Covid-19’s restrictions. MEL did not miss to chance to participate also this year. Of particular interest to MEL was the May 14th webinar on Namibia’s Oil & Gas Future. We had the opportunity to hear from Maggy Shino, the country’s Petroleum Commissioner. The…

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Completed passive seismic spectroscopy study

MEL had commissioned to Geodynamics WorldWide, GWW, an Italian provider specialised in passive seismic for hydrocarbon exploration and other non-invasive methods, to carry out a passive seismic spectroscopy study over some perspective areas over 1717 and 1817, which were identified based on the acquired g & g data for the area.  MEL received the results…

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Our Workshop in Windhoek, Namibia

We enthusiastically endorsed the MME’s invitation to hold a 2-day-technical-workshop in Windhoek, Namibia, for the Namibian professionals at NAMCOR and MME. It took place in June 2019. The workshop was guided by our Senior Scientist, Michele Armano, PhD. His presentation had an accent on the technical aspects ,challenges and outcome of the passive seismic spectroscopy…

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