FAR Limited said the first appraisal well to be drilled on the SNE field offshore Senegal has been spudded.
The SNE-2 well will be drilled in approximately 1,100 metres of water and drilled to a total vertical depth subsea of 2,770 metres before an evaluation program including logging, coring and flow testing is undertaken.
Three evaluation well are planned to be drilled back to back in a program estimated for completion in the middle of next year.
FAR said the aim of the appraisal program is to progress towards proving a minimum economic field size for the SNE discovery, which it estimated to around 200 million barrels of oil.
The drilling of the SNE-2 well is expected to take five weeks after which the logging and flow testing program will commence.