MELBOURNE, Australia – Cairn Energy, ConocoPhillips, FAR and state-owned Petrosen have approved a first-phase work program and budget to evaluate last year’s deepwater SNE-1 and FAN-1 oil discoveries offshore Senegal.
The schedule includes two wells to appraise SNE-1 and one exploration well to assess a “shelf” prospect for potential tie-in to a possible development hub at SNE-1.
Additionally, FAR said, the partners plan a new 3D seismic survey over the Rufisque block where there is currently no 3D coverage. They will soon submit a three-year evaluation work program to the government of Senegal.
SNE-1 and FAN-1 wells were the first drilled offshore Senegal for 26 years. Aside from the discoveries, they provided data to update pre-drill geological models and results indicate further drilling could result in more discoveries, FAR claims.
The company has mapped two additional shelf edge prospects (Sirius and Soleil), analogous to SNE, which are now included in the prospect inventory which could add 305 MMbbl.
Recently, the joint venture also received reprocessed 2D seismic in the Rufsique block and has identified early potential leads for follow up during the evaluation phase. FAR believes 3D seismic will be acquired over the area as part of the evaluation.