News listings

energy-pedia exploration

Mauritania flagMauritania

Middle East / Africa >>> Mauritania

Mauritania: Total begins drilling Taoudeni Basin well


08 Oct 2009

Photo - see caption
Photo - see caption

Total has kicked off drilling in Mauritania, taking a chance that the country’s reserves do not only lay offshore. The Ta8-1 well, located in the Ta 8 permit, was spud on October 5 and is expected to take up to 100 days to reach target depth. 

The drilling campaign is in the northeast region of the country in the Taoudeni Basin near the Mali border.

Despite the recent finds south of Mauritania in Ghana and Sierra Leone there is no guarantee Total will strike it rich, which the company is well aware of. In a Forbes article a company executive said that the company remained cautious about drilling in the Taoudeni, putting its odds of initial success at around one-in-ten.

“One should not cry victory," said Pierre Desvoyes, Total’s head of Mauritanian exploration and production. He said it would take some 100 days to drill deep enough to assess the field, and that any production would be years off.

“At best, if our estimates are confirmed, we will start production in 2015,” he said in the event of a commercial strike.

A series of seismic campaigns have taken place or are in the process of acquisition but no drilling has commenced in the region. Other oil companies involved in onshore Mauritania include Repsol and Wintershall.

Total holds a 60% stake and is partnered with Algeria’s Sonatrach and Qatar Petroleum who hold 20% each in the project.

Source: Petroleum Africa
 





Bookmark and Share


A global information service for upstream oil and gas opportunities - divestitures, farmins and farmouts and licensing rounds.


Subscriber Only Deals

Current deals: 1699
Completed deals: 5237

Company Profiles

Current Company Profiles: 2648

Corporate Activity

Current Corporate Activity articles: 3318

Companies Looking

Current number of articles: 427

Company Sales

Current Company Sales articles:1364

Geostudies

Current Geostudies articles: 645

How to subscribe

energy-pedia Jobs

RSS Feed Widget
See all jobs...


energy-pedia Databank

The energy-pedia databank contains links to information on the world financial and energy markets, including share prices, oil and gas prices and the global stock exchanges. Read more...



energy-pedia Glossary

A list of commonly used terms in the oil and gas industry. Read more...

Subscribe

Subscribe to the FREE
energy-pedia Daily Newsletter
Subscribe

Union Jack Oil 149
SLR Consulting logo
count geophysics
KL Publishing
Government of South Australia
Rose & Assocs 149
OPC
Geoespace
Bayphase
energy365
About energy-pedia

energy-pedia news is a FREE news service written and edited by E and P professionals for E and P professionals.

We don't just report the news, we give you the technical background as well, with additional information derived from our unique energy-pedia opportunities service.
Contact us

energy365 Ltd

238 High Street
London Colney
St Albans
UNITED KINGDOM

Tel: +44(0)1727 822675

Email: info@energy-pedia.com