Cairn Energy, in partnership with the Australian independent FAR Ltd, announced late March the discovery of oil at the VR-1 well, located on offshore Senegal, Offshore Energy Today reported.

As Natural Gas World informed, VR-1 is located 5km from the SNE-1 well, which was discovered in 2014. Drilling operations at the VR-1 reached a depth of 2,759 meter. Wireline logging and sampling through the SNE section are complete and preparations are underway for deepening the well into the Aptian carbonate objectives below the SNE field.

FAR’s Managing Director, Cath Norman, said: “The VR-1 well has been highly successful, providing important information regarding the geology of the western flank of the SNE field, and in particular the nature of the 500 series reservoirs. Understanding these reservoirs are critical to finalizing the Phase 1 development concept and plan.”

According to Cairn, the results of the VR-1 well, together with the recent SNE-5 results, will lead to a revision of contingent resource estimate for the SNE field and have an impact on the design of the development plan in the coming months.