Roc Oil reports that the Banda NW appraisal well located offshore Mauritania had been plugged back to 1,078 mBRT and a sidetrack well, Banda NW ST-1, commenced and drilled to 2,284 mBRT.Wireline pressure data in Banda NW-1 had indicated penetration of a gas column, but as uncertainty existed concerning the location of fluid contacts, a sidetrack borehole was initiated.
The forward program is to drill the sidetrack to further evaluate the hydrocarbon column in a more favorable structural position. The well is being drilled by the Atwood Hunter semisub.
Participating interests in the PSC Area B Joint Venture are Petronas Carigali as operator with 53.846%; Roc Oil with 3.693%; Tullow Oil with 21.6%; Mauritania Holdings BV with 11.6305 and Premier Oil with 9.231%.
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