SNE appraisal drilling starts offshore Senegal

Offshore staff

MELBOURNE, Australia – The Ocean Rig Athena has spudded the first appraisal well on the SNE oil field 100 km (62 mi) offshore Senegal, in a water depth of around 1,100 m (3,609 ft).

Partner FAR says the well will be drilled to a total vertical depth subsea (TDVSS) of roughly 2,770 m (9,088 ft) over a five-week period, to be followed by an evaluation program that will include logging, coring, and flow testing.

On completion of operations, the rig will re-enter the SNE-3 appraisal well followed by further evaluation, and will then relocate to drill the BEL-1 exploration well on the Bellatrix prospect.

FAR says the partners will operate a tight hole policy, with no further announcements expected until SNE-2 reaches TDVSS.


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