Shell secures exploration acreage offshore Mauritania
Shell Exploration and Production Mauritania (C-10) B.V. and Shell Exploration and Production Mauritania (C-19) B.V. (“Shell”) today signed two Production Sharing Contracts with the government of Mauritania for the exploration and potential future production of hydrocarbons in the offshore blocks C-10 and C-19.
“This move represents Shell’s entry into the West African Atlantic Margin exploration basin, which has significant potential,” said Andy Brown, Shell’s Upstream Director. “We look forward to working with the government and people of Mauritania as we bring our expertise and technical capability to help develop the country’s emerging energy sector.”
The Mauritanian Minister of Oil, Energy and Mining, Mohamed Ould Abdel Vetah, said: “Shell’s new entry in the Mauritania offshore area represents an important added value to the exploration activities and will contribute to maintain the momentum for developing the energy sector in Mauritania.”
Following the customary government approvals of the contracts, Shell will set up an office in Nouakchott and begin exploration activities, starting with reprocessing and analysis of existing seismic data and acquisition of new data.
Shell will operate the exploration programme with a 90 percent interest. Société Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures et de Patrimoine Minier, the national oil company of Mauritania, holds a 10 percent interest.
Additionally, Shell and the government of Mauritania have agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly evaluate further offshore exploration opportunities, examine new ways of meeting the country’s domestic energy needs, and build capability in the energy sector.
Blocks C-10 and C-19 are located offshore Mauritania in water depths ranging from 20 to 2,000 metres. The total area of two blocks is approximately 23,675 square kilometres.
The new block C-10 consists of three previous blocks – C-10, C-28 and C-29.
Shell Exploration and Production Mauritania (C-19) B.V. has agreed with Chariot Oil & Gas Investments (Mauritania) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chariot Oil & Gas Limited (AIM: CHAR), a back in right for a working interest of between 10% to 20% equity in the C-19 block at a future date, subject to the customary regulatory approval by the Mauritanian Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines.