Tullow says no oil or gas in second Mauritania well

Friday 25 April 2014 08.44
Tullow's second well in Mauritania has been plugged and abandoned
Tullow's second well in Mauritania has been plugged and abandoned

Exploration firm Tullow Oil said a well drilled off the coast of Mauritania did not find any oil or gas in a second disappointing result in the West African country. 

Tullow is under pressure to regain its reputation for successful exploration after a string of disappointments. It said in February that its first Mauritania well did not find oil in commercial quantities. 

Its second well there, Tapendar-1, was plugged and abandoned, it said today. 

"The Tapendar-1 frontier exploration well was a bold attempt to open a new oil play in this area of Tullow's highly prospective offshore Mauritania acreage," exploration director Angus McCoss said in a statement.
 
The company and its partners, who include Britain's Premier Oil, would now analyse the data collected before deciding on further drilling, it added in today's statement.