Cairn Energy has spud the BEL-1 well in Senegal, following the successful drilling of the SNE-2 and SNE-3 appraisal wells.

BEL-1, which is the third well to be drilled as part of the SNE oil field appraisal program, will be drilled in approximately 1,100 metres of water to a total vertical subsea depth of approximately 2,757 metres, before an evaluation program including logging and coring is undertaken.

The aim of the appraisal program is to progress towards proving a minimum economic field size for the SNE discovery, which FAR estimates to be approximately 200 million barrels of oil. In addition, the BEL-1 well will drill the Bellatrix exploration prospect which will evaluate the untested Buried Hills play. BEL-1 will also be deepened to appraise the northern portion of the SNE oil field.

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