UK independent Cairn plans to enter the Mauritanian deepwater, securing the right to acquire up to a 30% interest in Block C7, a third of operator Total’s current 90% stake. Cairn’s entry is dependent on a decision to proceed to exploration drilling following the completion of an ongoing 7,000 km² 3D seismic program.

Whilst prospective drilling here is slated for 2021, Total will also be responsible for drilling the key upcoming Mauritania wildcat with a well planned on its ultra-deepwater (2,500-3,000ms) Block C9 before the end of 2018. (CONTINUED - 140 WORDS)