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Mauritania 3D is a multi-client reimaging program that covers approximately 19,000 sq km of the Mauritanian offshore coastal basin. The program includes legacy 3D seismic surveys together with data from relinquished areas and open file well logs and data. The first phase covers a number of past oil and gas discoveries including Chinguetti, Tiof C 4-6, Merou 1 and Banda C. The 3D dataset is comprised mostly of multiple contiguous vintage surveys that are consistently reimaged to create a semi-continuous regional volume from field tapes to PSDM. The initial phase combines up to 11 separate surveys with completion expected by mid-2022. It is hoped to include additional 3D seismic surveys and well data to the initial phase. The Mauritania 3D program boosts exploration activity by providing a modern, high resolution/broad bandwidth and affordable 3D imaged dataset. 


The Mauritanian coastal basin is a key part of the prolific MSGBC Basin spanning offshore North West Africa. Large offshore gas reserves are being developed for LNG export to Europe and elsewhere and the area has a history of proven oil deposits. It remains one of the most exciting areas of frontier exploration in the world and the Mauritania 3D program will ensure that the area continues to attract investment. 


Mauritania 3D is ideally timed and optimally located. It places in geologic context the recent Orca-1 discovery (13 tcf OGIP) and the many wells that have transformed Mauritania since the Chinguetti discovery in 2001. 

As a single, seamless, consistently reimaged, mega-regional data volume, it is essential in delineating the prolific Albian play, extending the Cenomanian play, and addressing critical uncertainties in the many new plays, both structural and stratigraphic, that continue to evolve. 

The Mauritania 3D volume has application from exploration through development, and is essential to reducing risk at play, prospect, and reservoir scales. From understanding phase risk, to mapping reservoir fairways, to positioning development wells, this data volume plays a pivotal role in unlocking Mauritania’s remaining hydrocarbon potential for years to come. 

Map sourced from IHS Markit

→ Phase one PSDM target for completion by mid-2022
→ Improved imaging over vintage datasets
→ Continuous survey for regional interpretation

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