Two Appraisal Wells to be Drilled at SNE Field in 2017

FAR Ltd and its Senegal joint venture partners have agreed to drill two appraisal wells on the SNE oil field.

The wells will be drilled in order to optimize the SNE field development plan before submission to the Government of Senegal for approval, according to a FAR statement. The joint venture has completed a rig tender evaluation process and executed contracts for the use of the Stena DrillMAX (UDW drillship) drillship for the two well drilling program, which is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2017.

The drilling and evaluation plan is for SNE-5 to undergo drill stem testing and have permanent gauges placed in the upper reservoir units. SNE-6 is to be drilled immediately after SNE-5, and it is also expected to undergo an extended DST program in order to generate a pulse that will be registered in the gauges installed within the upper reservoir section at SNE-5 and SNE-3.

Successful flow and interference test results that support connected reservoir units are expected to lead to higher than currently estimated ultimate oil recoveries by FAR from these reservoir units.

The joint venture is progressing towards the submission of a development plan for the SNE field as quickly and efficiently as possible, FAR says, with pre-FEED activities currently focused on determining the final project size and scope. The SNE-5 and SNE-6 wells are expected to provide important data for SNE reservoir.

“We look forward to the results from the next phase of drilling and evaluation activity over our world class SNE oil field, offshore Senegal,” FAR managing director, Cath Norman, said.

“The Stena Drillmax has completed an efficient drilling program elsewhere offshore West Africa and is currently located in Las Palmas. After a rigorous tender process, our joint venture has been able to secure the rig at a very attractive operating day rate, reflecting current market conditions and at a substantially lower cost than our two previous drilling campaigns. We look forward to providing updates in the coming weeks regarding expected spud date,” Norman added.

Have a news tip? Share it with Rigzone!


Click on the button below to add a comment.
Post a Comment
Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.

Related Companies
For More Information on the Offshore Rig Fleet:
RigLogix can provide the information that you need about the offshore rig fleet, whether you need utilization and industry trends or detailed reports on future rig contracts. Subscribing to RigLogix will allow you to access dozens of prebuilt reports and build your own custom reports using hundreds of available data columns. For more information about a RigLogix subscription, visit

Our Privacy Pledge

More from this Author
Rigzone Staff
e-mail us at
 -  Undiscovered Oil, Gas Resources in Bar... (Apr 25)
 -  Petrofac Secures $70MM Services Contra... (Apr 25)
 -  CEO: Another Year of Activity Decline ... (Apr 25)
 -  Petronas Awards 'Key' Offshore Contrac... (Apr 24)
 -  Genel Energy Appoints New Chairman (Apr 24)

Most Popular Articles

From the Career Center
Jobs that may interest you
Midwest Area Operations Manager
Expertise: Geologist|Mud Logging|WellSite Supervisor
Location: Burns Flat, OK
Expertise: HVAC|Motorman|Truck / HGV Driver
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Expertise: Motorman
Location: Chicago, IL
search for more jobs

Brent Crude Oil : $51.82/BBL 0.53%
Light Crude Oil : $49.62/BBL 0.12%
Natural Gas : $3.14/MMBtu 3.28%
Updated in last 24 hours