Cairn Energy announces results of SNE North-1 exploration well, offshore Senegal


EDINBURGH -- The well encountered oil and gas in the primary objective and oil in the deeper secondary objective, in a separate accumulation to the SNE field.

Source: Cairn Energy.

Further work is being undertaken to establish the potential commerciality of this discovery and to integrate the results with the block wide data gathered to date. The well result has positive implications for further hydrocarbon potential to the north of the structural trend containing the SNE field and SNE North-1 discovery well, as well as for broader exploration potential in the permit.

The well is located in ~900 m water depth, ~90 km offshore in the Sangomar Deep Offshore block and ~15 km north of the SNE-1 discovery. The well reached a TD of 2,837 m. Operations have again been safely and successfully completed ahead of schedule and under budget, following drilling and logging.

Cairn’s preliminary analysis indicates:

  • ~24 m of gross hydrocarbon column across three intervals
  • ~11 m net condensate and gas in high quality reservoir in primary objective
  • ~4 m net oil in good quality reservoir in deeper secondary objective (occurring below the SNE field oil water contact)
  • A slightly lighter oil type of 35° API than that encountered in SNE field A full set of oil, water and gas samples was recovered to the surface.

After completing conventional logging, a series of Modular Formation Dynamic Testing (MDT) mini-fracs were obtained across the reservoir section to help calibrate the geo-mechanical model of the SNE field and aid development well design.

This marks the end of the five well 2017 drilling campaign. SNE North-1 is being plugged and abandoned and the Stena DrillMAX rig will be released. The Joint Venture is reviewing the potential for further exploration drilling operations next year within the Rufisque, Sangomar and Sangomar Deep Production Sharing Contract area.


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