BP Plc on Dec. 16 said a three-well drilling program offshore Mauritania and Senegal encountered gas in “high quality,” bolstering its confidence in gas resources in the region.
The oil and gas major said the three appraisal wells drilled this year, GTA-1, Yakaar-2 and Orca-1, encountered 160 m (525 ft) of net pay, a measure of a reservoir’s thickness.
In November, the Orca-1 well offshore Mauritania, partly owned with Kosmos Energy and Société Mauritanienne Des Hydrocarbures et de Patrimoine Minier, was further deepened and encountered more gas.
“We have identified a large prospective area with considerable resource potential in Southern Mauritania,” said Howard Leach, BP’s head of exploration. “We will now conduct further appraisal drilling to help inform future development decisions.”
There was no immediate confirmation or comment from state oil firm NOC which operates with foreign partners the 315,000 barrels-per-day (bbl/d) field deep in Libya’s southern desert.
Egypt expects investments of at least $750 million to $800 million in the first stage of exploration in the 12 concessions, Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla said during a press conference.
Uganda expects to begin producing oil in 2022, its energy minister Irene Muloni said on Feb. 13, indicating a slight delay from the east African country’s revised target of 2021.