Offshore gas drilling in Mauritania is set to resume with Shell’s Panna Cotta-1 wildcat well, likely to be located in Block C10. The global energy company is expected to commence drilling in September 2023 using the Noble Voyager drillship.
Shell, with a 50% working interest, leads the operation alongside partners Qatar Energy and Société Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures. Block C-10, situated 55km offshore the capital city of Nouakchott in water depths ranging from 50 to 2,400 meters, harbors two discoveries and 16 prospects.
Shell’s Panna Cotta-1 is poised to target the Shafr al Khanjar and Lamina prospects, accumulating approximately 285 million barrels recoverable.
Shell’s breakthrough finding might reignite exploration activity in the MSGBC basin. The large-scale gas discovery in the Grande Tortue Ahmeyim field in 2015 highlighted the importance of deeper cretaceous petroleum systems.
The gas discovery was quickly followed by the BirAllah find. Several large energy firms, including bp, Kosmos Energy, TotalEnergies, and Cairn, continue to explore the area.