Tullow Prepares for Drilling Offshore Mauritania. Opens Offices in Nouakchott
Tullow Oil, a UK-based oil & gas exploration and production company, has opened new offices in Mauritania.
In preparation for the start of a four well exploration programme and increased operational activity, the Director of Hydrocarbon, Ahmed Salem Tekrour, joined a small number of guests to open the new Tullow offices in Nouakchott. Guests were then received by Tullow Country Manager, Kemal Mohamedou before Operations Manager, Yves Delnatte, gave the guests a short tour.
Ahmed Salem Tekrour, Director of Hydrocarbon, stated; “We are glad to see that Tullow now has modern offices here in Nouakchott to support their growing operations and we wish them success in their long term projects in Mauritania”.
In Mauritania, Tullow has exploration, development and production activities across nine offshore licences. Tullow has significant acreage of over 42,000 sq km extending along 750 km of coastline and includes the Chinguetti oil field. Chinguetti was the first discovery in Mauritania in 2001 and since then further discoveries have included Banda in 2002, Pelican and Tiof in 2003, Tevet in 2004 and Faucon in 2005. In January 2011, the successful Cormoran-1 exploration well successfully appraised the Pelican gas field and discovered two new underlying fields, Cormoran and Petronia.
In October 2011, Tullow announced that it had signed a new exploration PSC, C-10, which replaces the previous PSC-Area A and B. In June 2012, Tullow signed the new C-18 exploration licence which covers an area of 13,255 sq km and lies directly west of the existing Block 7 exploration licence that Tullow is a partner in. In 2012, the Banda gas field was declared commercial and it is planned that the field will supply a power development. In 2013, Tullow will commence a major basin opening exploration campaign across a number of licences in Mauritania.