Pelican-1 is the first well to be drilled in Block 7, which covers a vast license area of 13,469 square kilometers. This is equivalent to over 3.3 million acres or approximately the size of 60 North Sea blocks. The Pelican well is therefore a key data point which gives considerable encouragement for the future exploration of the northern Mauritania region. A comprehensive well data gathering program has been successfully completed, including reservoir fluid sampling and sidewall cores. Detailed analysis of all the information obtained is now required to determine the significance of the Pelican discovery, and in particular the potential for oil to be located down-dip of the Pelican-1 well location, the forward appraisal program and the improved outlook for prospectivity elsewhere in Block 7.
Commenting on the news, Tom Cross, Dana's Chief Executive, said 'We are obviously delighted that our first exploration well offshore Mauritania has discovered a substantial hydrocarbon column. Dana's technical team will now begin a comprehensive analysis of the Pelican-1 well data and integrate the positive Block 7 findings with ongoing work to assess prospects in Block 1 and Block 8. This will enable decisions on further drilling to be taken over the coming months.'
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