‘Offshore goldmine’: Major gas discovery made near South African coast

A major gas discovery has been made off the southern coast of SA on Wednesday, as revealed by Total. The finding has been labelled ‘significant’ and follows up from the Brulpadda field that was identified nearby, almost two years ago.

Total find ‘goldmine’ near South Africa

According to the industry titans, the team dug for almost 3.5km in making this gas discovery. Total will assess how they can access the untapped reserve, as they bid to tighten their stranglehold in South Africa.

“Total has made a significant gas condensate discovery on the Luiperd prospect, located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin. This discovery follows the adjacent play opening Brulpadda discovery in 2019, which proved a significant new petroleum province in the region.”

“The Luiperd well was drilled to a total depth of about 3 400 meters, encountering 73 meters of net gas in well-developed good quality Lower Cretaceous reservoirs. The well will now be tested to assess the dynamic reservoir deliverability.”

Total statement

Where is this new gas discovery?

  • The discovery has been made 175 kilometers off the southern coast of South Africa, just to the east of Mossel Bay
  • The Block 11B/12B covers an area of 19 000 square kilometers
  • This reserve has a depth range of 200 – 1 800 metres.
  • As highlighted by the map below, the Luiperd field is right next to the Brulpadda reserve, was discovered in 2019.
Photo: Total

South African gas discovery – who has access to the reserve?

The block will be operated by a number of parties, including Total, who hold a 45% working interest. They will function alongside Qatar Petroleum (25%), CNR international (20%), and Main Street, a South African consortium (10%).

We are very pleased with this second discovery and its very encouraging results, which 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.”

Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production at Total.


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