French major Total said it has made a significant gas condensate discovery off the southern coast of South Africa.
The Brulpadda well at the Brulpadda prospects, located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin, 175 kilometres off the coast, encountered 57 meters of net gas condensate pay in Lower Cretaceous reservoirs, the company said in a statement.
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.
“We are very pleased to announce the Brulpadda discovery which was drilled in a challenging Deepwater environment,” said Kevin McLachlan, senior vice president for exploration at Total.
“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 was able to leverage its experience in similar environments, such as the West of Shetland, UK.
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 kilometres, with water depths ranging from 200 to 1,800 meters, and is operated by Total with a 45 per cent working interest.