Cairn Energy has reached Total Depth (TD) at the SNE-5 well offshore Senegal at 2,852 meters below the mud line, Energy-pedia reported. Far Ltd, Cairn’s partner in the project, informed that a wireline logging and sampling program has been completed and rig operations are progressing with a Drill Stem Test (DST) of the primary reservoir target at this location.

SN-5 well is the first of two firm wells planned to further evaluate the SNE oilfield, Offshore Energy Today wrote. Drilling operations started in January and was carried out by drill ship Stena DrillMAX. The well is located in the southern area of the SNE oil field approximately 2km southeast of SNE-3. The second well, SNE-6, is to be drilled immediately after the completion of SNE-5.

The two new wells follow the SNE-2, SNE-3, BEL-1 and SNE-4 appraisal drilling program completed on the SNE oil field in June 2016.

Cairn’s other partner in the project, the Australian energy giant Woodside Energy, expects first oil from the SNE discovery between 2021 and 2023. The development concept for the field involves subsea wells linked to an FPSO.