Drilling is underway at French major Total’s first ever well in the Mauritanian deepwater.

The Richat 1-X target, in 2,500-3,000ms of water in the northern part of Block C-9 (Total 90% state firm SMH 10%), was identified by the French major as one of its key 2019 deepwater wells (MEES, 15 February).

The Pacific Santa Ana drillship arrived on the back of non-commercial results from Total’s virgin well on Senegal’s Rufisque Deep block some 400km to the south.

Total has...