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Total makes significant offshore gas discovery in South Africa

07th February 2019

Total 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.

Total in South Africa
Total in South Africa

The Brulpadda well encountered 57 meters of net gas condensate pay in Lower Cretaceous reservoirs. 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 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 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 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 news of the discovery came as Total beat profit expectations in the last quarter of 2018 on record levels of oil and gas production. Total’s net adjusted profit increased 10 per cent in the fourth quarter to $3.2bn, ahead of analyst expectations of closer to $3.1bn. Total’s full year profit jumped 28 per cent to $13.6bn. Production increased 8 per cent at 2.8m barrels a day while cash flow was up 18 per cent at $26.1bn. 

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