Shell Revitalizes Offshore Gas Operations in Mauritania

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

Shell, a global energy leader, is set to revamp its offshore gas drilling in Mauritania. The highlight of this venture is the forthcoming Panna Cotta-1 wildcat well, which will be located in the strategic Block C10. As we approach September 2023, attention is drawn to the Noble Voyager drillship, the forefront of this mission.

Block C-10 is conveniently located 55km from Nouakchott, the heart of Mauritania. The block varies in depth, ranging from a mere 50 meters to an impressive 2,400 meters. It’s noteworthy, with two discoveries under its belt and a potential of 16 more prospects.

Leading this initiative with a 50% stake, Shell collaborates with partners Qatar Energy and the Société Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures. Their prime focus is the Shafr al Khanjar and Lamina prospects, aiming for a potential 285 million barrels.

The excitement is justified. Shell’s venture might rekindle exploration interest in the MSGBC basin, which gained fame with the 2015 Grande Tortue Ahmeyim gas discovery. This, along with the BirAllah find, showcased the depth of petroleum systems in the region.

Since then, energy giants like BP, Kosmos Energy, TotalEnergies, and Cairn have been eager to explore the basin, emphasizing its potential.

On a related note, the MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power 2023 Conference and Exhibition is upcoming in Nouakchott. It enjoys the support of Mauritania’s President, H.E Mohamed Ould Cheik Ghazouani. Backed by significant entities like the Ministry of Petroleum, SMHPM, Petrosen, Cos Petrogaz, and the African Energy Chamber, the conference aims to drive investment and growth in 2023. Interested parties can find more on their official website.

In conclusion, Mauritania is on the cusp of an energy revolution. As the world watches, with Shell at the helm, the nation’s energy-rich aspirations are turning into reality.

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