Kosmos Energy Ltd., Dallas, has signed production sharing contracts covering the C8, C12, and C13 blocks in the Mauritania salt basin in the Atlantic offshore Mauritania.
The contiguous blocks total 6.7 million acres in 5,250-9,800 ft of water. Kosmos Energy said the blocks include the outboard fairway of the underexplored Upper Cretaceous stratigraphic play concept, the company’s core exploration theme. Kosmos plans to shoot seismic in late 2012 or early 2013 and could drill as soon as 2014.
Kosmos will operate the blocks with 90% interest, and Mauritania’s Ste. Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures has 10% carried interest.