San Leon Energy, the north Africa-focused oil and gas explorer, says it has achieved "connectivity" between two test wells at its Tarfaya oil shale project in Morocco.
The company says test well A and B are "hydraulically connected through a permeable zone from 191.00 to 197.62 meters below ground level".
The proven connection between the wells has prompted San Leon to look for an alternative drilling site "to test the extent of the play and the associated water aquifers".
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San Leon says it is in "active discussions" with "interested parties" over partnering at Tarfaya and a data room has been set up so those companies can assess results so far.
Oisin Fanning, Chairman of San Leon, commented: "We are delighted to have confirmed natural connectivity between the wells. However, we have decided that San Leon should not be taking any environmental risk whilst we aim to continue to prove up the in situ extraction concept of the Tarfaya oil shale resources."
San Leon shares have lost 59% of their value over the last 12 months.
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