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E & P News

2016

Jun 2016: Chariot Oil & Gas elected not to enter the First Renewal Phase of the C-19 offshore licence. Chariot acquired 3,500 sq kms of 3D seismic, reprocessed legacy 2D seismic and completed seabed coring in the block but was unable to find a farm-out partner to proceed with drilling.

Mar 2016: Kosmos (operator, 90%) with SMHPM (10%) announced the Ahmeyim-2 appraisal well has delineated the Ahmeyim and Guembeul gas discoveries off Mauritania and Senegal. Downdip of the Tortue-1 well in 2,800m of water, pressure communication has been confirmed between Tortue, Guembeul and Ahmeyim. The discovery is a large, simple gas field with over 500 bcm of reserves.

Mar 2016: Oil production from the offshore Chinguetti field will cease by the end of 2016. Output has declined steadily and the low oil price has led to negative cash flow. The partners will begin abandonment operations in 2017.

2015

Nov 2015: Kosmos  announced that the Marsouin-1 well in the northern part of Block C-8 is a gas discovery encountering at least 70m of net gas pay in Cenomanian reservoirs. Marsouin is 60kms north of the Ahmeyim discovery (formerly Tortue) drilled in April in 2,390m of water.

Apr 2015: Kosmos Energy (operator, 90%) with SMHPM (10%) announced that the Tortue-1 well in Block C-8 in 2,700m of water has made a  gas discovery in the Lower Cenomanian objective. An appraisal program is  planned along with additional exploration wells in the Greater Tortue Complex which extends into Senegal. Chevron has a 30% option.

Feb 2015: Chevron has agreed to acquire a 30% non-operated interest in offshore Blocks C8, C12 and C13 from Kosmos in water depths ranging from 1,600 m to 3,000m. Kosmos retains a 60% interest and remains the operator. SMHPM, Mauritania’s NOC has 10%.

2014

Apr 2014: Tullow has announced that the Tapendar-1 well in the C-10 licence is being plugged and abandoned. Tapendar is the second exploration well in its Mauritania campaign. The Stena DrillMax drillship will leave the country and data from the wells will be integrated into seismic. Tullow is operator (59.10%), with Premier (6.23%), Kufpec (11.12%), Petronas (13.5%) and SMHPM (10%).

Feb 2014: Tullow Oil said the Fregate-1 well was not a commercial find, but had encountered 30m of gas, condensate and oil. The company, attempting optimism, reports that it has opened up a new oil area, deeper than current gas fields off the coast of Mauritania.

2013

Mar 2013: Tullow will start a frontier drilling campaign targeting deeper plays in the Mauritanian basin. Three of 4 wells will be drilled by the West Leo rig, now operating for Tullow off Ghana. Tullow was assigned the C-10 license, over the former A and B PSCs, in 2011, and farmed into C-6 and C-7 blocks. The areas contain the Banda, Tevet, and Tiof oil and gas discoveries and the partners have declared the Banda field commercial, hoping to use its gas to supply a new power station.

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