Eni and its partners have decided to allow their Rabat Deep license offshore Morocco to lapse. This follows the unsuccessful Rabat Deep 1 well earlier this year. According to Chariot Oil and Gas, the primary Jurassic carbonate interval was tight, and that result led to downgrading of other prospects and leads at this level. However, geochemical analysis of hydrocarbons extracted from sidewall cores indicates potential for hydrocarbon migration from a Cretaceous or younger source rock, which would still represent a new petroleum system offshore Morocco. In addition, Chariot noted the well encountered good-quality Upper Jurassic sandstone reservoirs and an effective seal which appears to de-risk clastic prospects and leads identified in the company’s nearby offshore Mohammedia and Kenitra licenses.
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