3D survey under way ahead of second Senegal drilling campaign

Offshore staff

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Polarcus Adira has started a 3D seismic survey for Cairn Energy and partners over the Sangomar Deep, Sangomar, and Rufisque permits offshore Senegal.

The focus will be on the northern and eastern parts of the permits, along trend from existing mapped prospects where there is currently no 3D coverage. Acquisition should be completed during 4Q 2015 with final processed results due to be delivered in mid-2016.

The survey will also assist delineation of last year’s SNE oil discovery.

Cairn’s partner FAR expects the first of three firm wells on the permits to start drilling next month. Two appraisal wells will be drilled on SNE in the Shelf Edge play along with an exploration well on the Bellatrix prospect. This will also be the first wildcat on the prospective Buried Hills play.

FAR estimates resources from prospects mapped on existing 3D seismic over the permits at 1.5 Bbl, with the new program likely to identify further prospects on the shelf, where the company sees extensions of both the Shelf Edge and Buried Hills plays.

9/17/15

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