Noble Helium secures new drilling rig to proceed with major Tanzania project


Helium exploration company Noble Helium has signed a contract with UK-based Marriott Drilling Group (Marriott) for a new drilling rig which will mobilise to the company’s well location in Tanzania later this month.

The rig, a Dillmec HH102, has recently completed a drilling programme in the UK and – through its deployment to Tanzania – will enable Noble Helium to ensure its first campaign at its North Rukwa Project proceeds as planned in Q3 2023.

With the rig expected to be on-site and ready to spud in September 2023, the company has withdrawn from the non-binding Letter of Intent with Sofori for its Drillmec HH102 drilling rig, due to ongoing delays.

“The ongoing delays with Sofori’s rig forced us to consider other options, and fortunately an identical Drillmec HH102 became available with Marriott, a highly experienced UK-based drilling company,” said Justyn Wood, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Noble Helium.

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