Cairn's discoveries offshore Senegal from the country's first deep water wells opened up a new basin on the Atlantic Margin. Cairn operated three successful drilling programmes from 2014 to 2017 and laid the foundations for Senegal's first multi-phase oil and gas development with first oil targeted in H1 2023.
The JV will be working with all stakeholders to ensure that the Sangomar development delivers enduring benefits to the people of Senegal as a project of national significance and an anchor for economic and social development.
In January 2020, the JV made the Final Investment Decision following receipt of the 25-year Exploitation Authorisation from the Government of Senegal.
May 2019: Simon Thomson, Cairn CEO & Woodside meet Senegal President Macky Sall in Dakar to discuss country’s first combined oil and gas development
The Sangomar field (formerly SNE), located 100km offshore to the south of Dakar, is within the Sangomar Deep Offshore permit area. Phase 1 of the development will target oil reserves from the lower reservoirs and an initial pilot phase in the upper reservoirs. Over the life of the field, total recoverable oil reserves of are estimated to be ~500mmbbls with the development also including plans to export gas to shore for the domestic market.
The project has now entered the development execution phase of activities and Operator Woodside has completed the purchase contract for the FPSO facility and issued full notices to proceed for the drilling and subsea construction and installation contracts.
We have a 40% interest in three blocks offshore Senegal (Sangomar Deep, Sangomar Offshore, Rufisque Offshore) alongside our Joint Venture partners Woodside 35%, Far Ltd 15% and the Senegal National Oil Company, Petrosen 10%.
Sangomar Field Development video courtesy of Woodside