Cairn Energy, one of Europe’s leading oil and gas exploration companies drilling for oil offshore Senegal, has announced the results of a successful appraisal well offshore the West African country.
“Rig performance continues to be excellent and operations have been safely and successfully completed ahead of schedule and under budget following drilling, logging and drill stem testing (DST),” said the company, which has headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Cairn Energy has a controlling interest in some of the operations in the oil basins off the coast of Senegal. It said oil flowed from its SNE-6 appraisal well, which also proved it was connected to other wells in the series.
“This is our ninth successful well in Senegal in three years,” Cairn Energy Chief Executive Simon Thomson said.
The Scottish company said most of the wells offshore Senegal have been completed ahead of schedule and under budget since operations began in 2014.
Together with the previous successful SNE-5 well, the objective of the SNE-6 well was to flow oil from one of the principal units in the upper (400 series) reservoirs and demonstrate connectivity between the two wells. Pressure data from SNE-6 immediately confirmed good connectivity with SNE-5 and accordingly a short DST was performed.
The initial oil discovery at the SNE field was made in 2014 and the find was quickly lauded as one of the largest. By the estimates of the companies involved, more than 1.5 billion barrels of oil may be in basins off the coast of Senegal.