Tullow Provides Updates on Drilling Activities in Mauritania and Angola

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 12/20/2005, Location: Africa

Tullow Oil plc announced updates on recent drilling activities in Mauritania and Angola. Drilling on the Faucon-1 exploration well in Block 1 offshore Mauritania (Tullow 20%) has now been completed. The well reached a total depth of 4,170m and encountered a total of 96.5m of potential reservoir of which the upper 14m is hydrocarbon bearing. The hydrocarbon fluid composition will not be finally determined until the downhole pressurised fluid samples recovered from the well have been fully analysed in an onshore laboratory in January 2006. The well will now be plugged and abandoned.

The two well exploration programme in Block 10 offshore Angola (Tullow 15%) has now concluded with both wells being plugged and abandoned. The Ngueve-1 well was spudded on 3 November 2005 and intersected all of the planned objectives before reaching a total depth of 2,830m. Wireline logs indicated that all the porous zones encountered by the borehole are water bearing and the well was plugged and abandoned on 30 November 2005.

The second well, Henda-1, commenced on 5 December 2005 and was drilled to a total depth of 1,539 metres. Although the main objective was intersected, no liquid hydrocarbons were encountered. The well was therefore plugged and abandoned on 15 December 2005.

Block 10 is a largely unexplored block covering some 4,800 sq km. Although the wells did not encounter commercial hydrocarbons, they provided key geological and geophysical information that will be integrated with the 3D seismic data to allow further evaluation of the prospectivity of Block 10 and the region.


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