French oil main Total has began drilling the Luiperd-1X effectively, the second exploration effectively on Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa following the Brulpadda discovery in February 2019.
The effectively is being drilled utilizing the Odfjell Drilling-owned Deepsea Stavanger semi-submersible drilling rig.
The rig was mobilized from Norway to South Africa in July and arrived throughout August in time to spud the effectively throughout this month.
Block 11B/12B is situated within the Outeniqua Basin 175 kilometres off the southern coast of South Africa. The block covers an space of roughly 19,000 sq. kilometres with water depths starting from 200 to 1,800 meters.
The Paddavissie Fairway is within the southwest space of the block and contains the Brulpadda discovery, which confirmed the petroleum system.
The Luiperd Prospect is the second to be drilled in a sequence of 5 giant submarine fan prospects with direct hydrocarbon indicators outlined using each 2D and 3D seismic information.
Africa Energy, one of many companions, stated on Friday that the Luiperd-1X exploration effectively is being drilled in 1,795 meters of water by the Deepsea Stavanger rig to a complete depth of three,550 meters subsea.
The effectively will check the oil and fuel potential in a mid-Cretaceous aged deep marine sequence the place fan sandstone techniques are developed inside mixed stratigraphic/structural closure.
Drilling and analysis of the effectively is anticipated to be accomplished within the fourth quarter of 2020.
Africa Energy presently holds 49 per cent of the shares in Main Street 1549, which has a 10 per cent collaborating curiosity in Block 11B/12B.
Total E&P South Africa B.V. is the operator and has a 45 per cent collaborating curiosity in Block 11B/12B, whereas Qatar Petroleum and CNR International have 25 per cent and 20 per cent collaborating pursuits, respectively.
Jan Maier, Africa Energy’s VP Exploration, commented: “The Outeniqua Basin offshore South Africa stays an under-explored, world-class hydrocarbon province. The Luiperd-1X effectively will check the jap space of the Paddavissie Fairway on Block 11B/12B to follow-up on the Brulpadda discovery of fuel condensate and light-weight oil final yr.
“In the success case, the three way partnership plans to circulate check the Luiperd-1X borehole by performing a drill stem check. We look ahead to drilling leads to the fourth quarter”.
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