In Mauritania, Tullow has a significant exploration acreage position extending along some 750 km of coastline.
Tullow used to have a small producing interest in the Chinguetti oil field until cessation of production in 2017.
Exploration & Appraisal
In the second half of 2017, Tullow completed farm-downs in respect of its 90% interest in Block C-18 in Mauritania to Total, Kosmos and BP leaving Tullow with a 15% non-operated interest. This followed a 600 sq km 3D survey completed earlier in 2017. A two-year extension to the licence term was also granted. In December 2017, the new operator, Total, commenced a large 9,000 sq km 3D seismic survey which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018. A further 3D survey in Block C-3 to cover new shallow water plays was completed in the fourth quarter of 2017. Both blocks offer potential drilling candidates for late 2019. Finally, Tullow relinquished its interest in Block C-10 at the end of November as insufficient commercial justification could be made to enter into a third phase of the licence.