(West Africa) - Dana Petroleum has issued an update on its Faucon-1 exploration well in deepwater block 1, offshore Mauritania, which has discovered hydrocarbons.
The well has been deepened to 3,674 m, and following indications of increasing pressure, a 7-in. liner will be run.
The casing string has been cemented into place and the block partners are preparing to drill a 6-in. hole to the planned total depth of 4,237 m.
Logging over the Upper Cretaceous interval suggests the presence of two hydrocarbon-bearing sandstones, around 500 ft apart.
The lower sandstone has a gross thickness of 130 ft, the upper 33 ft of which appear to contain a light oil or liquids-rich gas condensate.
The upper sandstone, 13 ft thick, appears to be gas-bearing. However, laboratory analysis of fluid samples will be needed before the hydrocarbon composition can be finally determined.