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Total Discovers Second Deepwater Gas Off South Africa

Total and its partners have discovered a second large gas condensate field on block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua basin, 175 km (109 mi) off the southern coast of South Africa.

The Luiperd-1X discovery well, drilled by the semisubmersible Deepsea Stavanger in 1,800 m (5,905 ft) of water, follows the play-opening Brulpadda find in early 2019.

Luiperd-1X, drilled to a TD of around 3,400 m (11,155 ft), penetrated 73 m (239 ft) of net gas condensate pay in what Total described as well-developed and good-quality lower Cretaceous reservoirs. The well did not encounter the water contact.

Following coring and logging, the well will be tested to assess the dynamic reservoir characteristics and deliverability.


(Courtesy Africa Energy Corp.)

Arnaud Breuillac, president Exploration & Production at Total, said: ‘’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…”

Garrett Soden, president and CEO of partner Africa Energy, added: “We congratulate Total as operator for drilling the Luiperd-1X deepwater well safely and efficiently during the coronavirus pandemic and austral winter season.

“The Luiperd discovery reconfirms this world-class exploration play with substantial follow-on potential. The net pay encountered in the Luiperd target objective is significantly larger than the main reservoir at last year’s Brulpadda discovery.”

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Africa Energy has 49% of the shares in Main Street 1549 (Proprietary), which has a 10% interest in block 11B/12B. The other partners are Qatar Petroleum International Upstream and CNR International.

Source: Offshore

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