France’s Total has taken over African Petroleum Corporation’s Rufisque Offshore Profond Block and will also explore the ultra-deep. Total said on 2 May it had signed an exploration and production-sharing contract for the 10,357km2 block, which it will operate with a 90% interest, alongside Société Nationale des Pétroles du Sénégal (Petrosen), which holds 10%. Total also signed a cooperation agreement with Petrosen and the Ministry of Energy and Renewable Energy Development to carry out studies to assess the exploration potential of Senegal’s ultra-deep offshore and become operator of an exploration block.