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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.
Cairn already has a substantial presence in the deepwater off Senegal to the immediate south of Mauritania. Several key finds to date have been close to the two countries’ maritime border, in particular BP’s 15tcf Tortue field is by far the furthest down the road to development and straddles the border ( MEES, 27 April ). (CONTINUED - 140 WORDS)