Major Gas Discovery Made Offshore Mauritania
Kosmos Energy revealed Monday that a “major” gas discovery has been made through the offshore Mauritania Orca-1 exploration well.
The BirAllah area situated Orca-1 well, which targeted a previously untested Albian play, exceeded pre-drill expectations and encountered 118 feet of net gas pay in “excellent quality reservoirs”, according to Kosmos.
In total, Kosmos believes that Orca-1 and the original Marsouin-1 discovery well have de-risked up to 50 trillion cubic feet of gas initially in place from the Cenomanian and Albian plays in the BirAllah area. Kosmos noted that this is “more than sufficient resource to support a world-scale LNG project”.
“The Orca-1 well concludes a very strong year for exploration and appraisal in Mauritania and Senegal,” Kosmos Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Andrew G. Inglis, said in a company statement.
“Orca-1, which we believe is the largest deepwater hydrocarbon discovery in the world so far this year, further demonstrates the world-scale quality of the Mauritania gas basin,” he added.
“With sufficient resource in place at the BirAllah hub, Kosmos looks forward to working with the government of Mauritania and its partners to bring benefits to the people of Mauritania through the development of cost competitive, low carbon intensity projects,” Inglis continued.
Located around 77 miles offshore Mauritania, the Orca-1 well was drilled in approximately 8,234 feet of water to a total measured depth of around 17,276 feet. Partners in the BirAllah gas hub include SMHPM, BP and Kosmos.
Last month, Kosmos revealed that the Yakaar-2 appraisal well offshore Senegal had encountered approximately 98 feet of net gas pay. Back in July, Kosmos revealed that the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim-1 well offshore Senegal had encountered approximately 98 feet of net gas pay.
Kosmos describes itself as a full-cycle deepwater independent oil and gas exploration and production company focused on the Atlantic margins. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
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