Germany’s RWE Dea has invited drilling contractors to prequalify for rig services for its planned exploration campaign in the area-58 concession in the Cyrenaica basin in the northeast east of Libya.

Interested firms have until 24 March to collect the prequalification documents from RWE’s office in Tripoli and until 31 March to submit their response.

The work programme consists of drilling two vertical exploration wells, with a maximum depth of 9,000-feet before the end of 2013.

Rigs supplied for the campaign must have a minimum draw capacity of 1,200 horsepower, and minimum hook load capacity of 290 tonnes.

The Germany firm was awarded the exploration and production-sharing agreement (EPSA) at the end of 2007, after submitting the only bid for the Cyrenaica block.

It is also exploring in the Sirte basin, where as part of a consortium with the state-run National Oil Corporation (NOC) it made a new oil discovery, about 550 kilometres east of Tripoli in September 2008.  The German firm holds a 32 per cent stake in the concession, with NOC holding the remainder.