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    Mauritania JV Approves 2004 Drilling Plans
    05 July 2004
    Hardman Resources Ltd has announced that the Mauritania joint venture partners have now finalised and formally approved plans for the 2004 drilling campaign. The entire programme is expected to comprise up to ten exploration and appraisal wells and ten development wells (both producers and injectors). Drilling is expected to commence in August 2004.

    The exploration wells approved for the 2004 programme are in PSC Areas A and B, where two and three wells respectively will be drilled, and in PSC Block 2, where one well will be drilled. All the selected exploration prospects have Miocene reservoir targets, but range from lower risk prospects within the two Miocene channel systems proven by the Chinguetti and Tiof discoveries, through to prospects that will test the new Miocene channel areas which have been mapped in the deep water parts of PSC Area A and PSC Block 2. The PSC Area B wells are planned for the Tevet, Merou, and Capitaine prospects.

    Participating JV companies
    Woodside Energy (Operator)
    Hardman Resources Ltd
    BG Group
    Premier 9.231%
    Premier (Sterling Energy)
    ROC Oil Company
    Energy Africa

    The appraisal programme will include three firm wells on Tiof (PSC B – refer to equity table above), one of which will be completed and tested in a similar manner to the successful Chinguetti 4-5 Early Development Well (“EDW”) and a contingent fourth well which is currently subject to additional seismic and technical studies.

    Drilling schedule
    The campaign will utilise two deep-water drilling rigs, the “Stena Tay” and “West Navigator”, which will work in tandem and operate in water depths ranging from 300 metres to 1,700 metres. Both drillships are expected to arrive in Mauritanian waters in August 2004. Work is continuing on finalising the prospect drilling list, but is expected to commence with the drilling of the Dorade well in Block 2 and the first Tiof appraisal well. The final prospect selection and sequence may vary depending on the results of early wells and operational issues and more details of the programme and individual prospects will be released before and during the drilling programme.
    The exploration and appraisal programme will continue until November/December 2004, at which time both drillships will be required for the Chinguetti development drilling programme. This programme comprises five production wells, four water injector wells, a gas disposal well to be drilled at the Banda gas discovery and completion of the Chinguetti EDW well drilled in 2003. The Stena Tay is then expected to return to the exploration drilling programme in March 2005 whilst the West Navigator will continue to work on the Chinguetti programme until the third quarter of 2005.
    Additional exploration or appraisal wells may be drilled in 2004 if the drilling operations proceed faster than expected and the joint venture has reviewed a number of additional prospects which could be drilled in 2004 or early 2005. Two large 3D seismic surveys comprising over 4,600 sq km will be undertaken during 2004 to provide further prospects for future drilling. Appraisal drilling on the Banda discovery has been deferred until at least early 2005 as a result of other drilling priorities.
    Hardman’s Managing Director, Mr Ted Ellyard, commented: “The commitment to two drillships for a long duration is an indication of the joint venture’s view of the potential of the basin. This programme will be wide ranging and has the potential to open up new Miocene prospect fairways and confirm that offshore Mauritania is a significant new petroleum province. The new 3D seismic
    surveys, which are either underway or planned for 2004, will enable the joint venture to follow up on success with rapid appraisal and new prospect drilling.


    Relevent Company(s)
    Woodside Petroleum
    Hardman Resources
    Premier Oil plc
    Sterling Energy
    Roc Oil
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