Mauritania: Drilling Blow

After six straight drilling successes offshore Mauritania and Senegal, BP and partner Kosmos have now drilled two dry wells in a row. Lamantin-1 on Mauritania’s block C-12 in 2,200ms water depth “failed… the Campanian reservoir objective was water bearing with some residual hydrocarbons,” Kosmos says in a 12 December release.

Kosmos flagged up Lamantin as the region’s “best chance of finding oil.” Its Mauritania/Senegal finds to date have all been gas.

The previous well, targeting the Hippocampe prospect on Mauritania’s Block C-8, also came up dry. The final well of the current campaign will target Senegal’s Requin Tigre prospect in early 2018. “We are still in the early stages of exploring this newly emerging basin and our forward drilling program remains unchanged given the independent nature of the prospects,” Kosmos CEO Andy Inglis says. (CONTINUED - 385 WORDS)