Total makes significant gas discovery off South Africa

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Total Petroleum is reporting that it has made a significant gas condensate discovery on the Brulpadda prospects, located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin, 175 kilometers off the southern coast of South Africa.

In a release on Thursday, Total said that the Brulpadda well encountered 57 meters of net gas condensate pay in Lower Cretaceous reservoirs. The release said that following the success of the main objective, the well was deepened to a final depth of 3,633 meters and has also been successful in the Brulpadda-deep prospect. Total Petroleum’s subsidiary company Total E&P Activités Pétrolières has a 25% working interest in the Orinduik Block, offshore Guyana.

“We are very pleased to announce the Brulpadda discovery which was drilled in a challenging Deepwater environment,” Kevin McLachlan, Senior Vice President Exploration at Total is quoted in the press release as saying. “With this discovery, Total has opened a new world-class gas and oil play and is well positioned to test several follow-on prospects on the same block.”

Total said it drilled this exploration well with the latest generation drilling ship and that it was able to leverage its experience in similar environments, such as the West of Shetland, UK.

It said that following the success of Brulpadda and confirmation of the play potential, Total and its partners plan to acquire 3D seismic this year, followed by up to four exploration wells on this license.

“The Block 11B/12B covers an area of 19,000 square kilometers, with water depths ranging from 200 to 1,800 meters, and is operated by Total with a 45% working interest, alongside Qatar Petroleum (25%), CNR international (20%) and Main Street, a South African consortium (10%),” the release said.