Total SA has made a second significant gas condensate discovery offshore South Africa, management at the French major said Wednesday.
The latest discovery is in the Luiperd prospect, in Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin, 175 kilometers (109 miles) off the southern coast of South Africa.
The Luiperd well was drilled to a depth of 3,400 meters (11,155 feet) and encountered 73 meters (240 feet) of net gas condensate pay in well-developed good quality Lower Cretaceous reservoirs, management said. The well would be tested to assess dynamic reservoir characteristics and deliverability after a comprehensive coring and logging program.
The discovery is adjacent to the discovery Total made in February 2019 in the Brulpadda prospects, also located in Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin. The Brulpadda well encountered 57 meters (187 feet) of net gas condensate pay in Lower Cretaceous reservoirs.
Total lauded the “very encouraging results,” which President of Exploration and Production Arnaud Breuillac said “prove the world-class nature of this offshore gas play.
“With this discovery and the successful seismic acquisitions, Total and its partners have acquired important data on the Paddavissie fairway, which will help to progress development studies and engage with South African authorities regarding the possible conditions of the gas commercialization.”
Block 11B/12B covers 19,000 square kilometers (7,336 square miles), with water depths ranging from 200 meters to 1,800 meters (656 feet to 5,906 feet). It is operated by Total with a 45% interest. Qatar Petroleum has a 25% interest, CNR International 20% and South African consortium Main Street 10%.
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