Qatar Petroleum and its Partners Announce a Second Discovery in South Africa
Qatar Petroleum announced a new gas/condensate discovery in the Luiperd prospect, located in Block 11B/12B, in the Outeniqua Basin, 175 kilometers off the southern coast of South Africa.
This is the second significant discovery in Block 11B/12B, which is being explored by Qatar Petroleum and its partners, Total (operator), CNR International, and Main Street. In February 2019, an important gas condensate discovery in the Brulpadda prospect was announced, marking a major milestone for a new play in South Africa.
Commenting on this occasion, His Excellency Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum said, “We are pleased to announce this second discovery in our joint exploration project in South Africa. The initial well results are better than anticipated, and they offer a great opportunity to pursue further exploration and appraisal activities in this area, and to look into integrated commercialization of these findings in alignment with all stakeholders.”
His Excellency Mr. Al-Kaabi added, “I would like to congratulate our partners, for their great efforts leading to this discovery in a challenging pandemic environment, safely and efficiently. I am also grateful to the hard and diligent work by Qatar Petroleum’s exploration team, whose dedicated and successful efforts are well recognized.”The Luiperd-1X well was safely drilled to a total depth of about 3,400 meters. The well encountered 73 meters of net g
as/condensate-bearing reservoir in Lower Cretaceous Paddavissie reservoirs. Various development options are currently being evaluated to commercialize these findings.
Block 11B/12B covers an area of 19,000 square kilometers, with water depths ranging from 200 to 1,800 meters. It is operated by Total with a 45% working interest, alongside Qatar Petroleum (25%), CNR International (20%) and Main Street (10%).