Explorers prepare to evaluate Taoudeni basin in Mali, Mauritania

As Mauritania looks toward becoming an oil producing country for the first time in early 2006, a host of exploration companies has lined up to explore the nonproducing Taoudeni basin in the heart of onshore Northwest Africa.Mauritania has awarded Taoudeni blocks to Total, Repsol, China National Petroleum Co., Woodside Petroleum Ltd., and several smaller companies.Five large onshore exploration permits in northern Mali, West Africa, have been awarded to private company Baraka Mali Ventures Ltd., established by Perth-based geologist and entrepreneur Max de Vietri. Baraka has also applied to license two Mauritanian blocks that adjoin its Mali holdings.De Vietri introduced Hardman Resources N...

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