FAR and the Senegal joint venture are set to drill the first pure FAN South-1 exploration well in offshore Senegal.

FAN South-1 is the next in the Senegal drilling campaign and represents the first well to be drilled into the basin play since the initial FAN-1 discovery well in 2014.

The objective of this drilling is to evaluate the upside potential for improved reservoir presence and quality in the basin.

FAR anticipates that the prospect hosts 134mmbbls of recoverable oil on the best estimate basis, while the drilling is expected to be 18% successful.

FAR managing director Cath Norman said: “It is great to be back drilling a pure exploration target offshore Senegal, and the first well in the basin play since our original FAN-1 discovery.

"It is great to be back drilling a pure exploration target offshore Senegal, and the first well in the basin play since our original FAN-1 discovery."

“We are drilling in a part of the basin where we expect to encounter improved reservoir presence and quality, and gain valuable information in understanding the substantial potential of the large deep water basin area.”

The South Fan prospect includes multiple stacked reservoir targets.

FAR plans to drill the well to an estimated total depth (TD) of 5,317m in a water depth of 2,139m.

Before plugging and abandoning the well, the firm’s well plan includes logging programmes.

FAN South-1 will be drilled after the completion of SNE-6 appraisal well, which has already reached its TD.

Additional operations such as wireline logging, sample collection and drill stem testing are currently underway.