UK's Cairn Energy has hit oil and gas at the SNE North-1 exploration well offshore Senegal.
The NE North-1 is located in 90km offshore in the Sangomar Deep Offshore block and 15km north of the SNE-1 discovery.
The well was drilled to a total depth of 2837 metres and encountered oil and gas in the primary objective and oil in the deeper secondary objective, in a separate accumulation to the SNE field.
The preliminary results showed 24 meters of gross hydrocarbon column across three intervals and 11 meters of net condensate and gas in high quality reservoir.
Simon Thomson, CEO of Cairn Energy PLC said; "The SNE North well results are encouraging in terms of further prospectivity and implications for the full block potential offshore Senegal."
Carin said that further work is being undertaken to establish the potential commerciality of this discovery and to integrate the results with the block wide data gathered so far. 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.