Oil and gas exploration company Kosmos Energy has confirmed the presence of gas resource offshore Senegal, following the drilling of the Yakaar-2 appraisal well.

The company said that the Yakaar-2 well encountered around 30m of net gas pay in similar high-quality Cenomanian reservoir to the Yakaar-1 exploration well. According to the company, the encountered gas contributes to the success of wells targeting the inboard Mauritania/Senegal gas trend.

The Yakaar well is located in the Cayar Offshore Profond block offshore Senegal, which is around 95km northwest of Dakar in approximately 2,500m of water, drilled at a depth of around 4,800m.

It is part of the Yakaar-Teranga gas project located offshore Senegal. The partners involved in the project include Petrosen, BP, and Kosmos.

Yakaar-Teranga will be developed in a phased approach, with Phase 1 providing domestic gas and related data to optimise development of further phases. The project is also expected to support the country’s ‘Plan Emergent Senegal’ programme launched in 2014.

Commenting on the results of Yakaar-2 well, Kosmos Energy chairman and CEO Andrew Inglis said: “The Yakaar-2 appraisal well demonstrates the scale and quality of the Yakaar resource base.

“Senegal is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and Kosmos is excited to be working alongside BP and PETROSEN to support the country’s growing energy needs.”