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Drilling for gas off South Africa begins

Gas production platform. Photo: Northern Offshore

Gas production platform. Photo: Northern Offshore

French company Total and its partner, Canadian Natural Resources, have launched the drilling operation for South Africa’s first deep water well in the Outeniqua Basin, south of Mossel Bay.

While substantial gas discoveries have been made offshore of Tanzania and Mozambique in recent years, South African petrochemicals giant Sasol recently announced plans to explore for oil and gas along South Africa’s east coast, and Australian company Sunbird Energy is pushing ahead with the development of a major gas project off South Africa’s west coast.

“South Africa’s deep offshore, in particular the Outeniqua Basin, is one of the few remaining under explored offshore regions in Africa,” Marc Blaizot, senior vice president for exploration at Total, said in September last year, when his company completed the acquisition of a 50% stake in Block 11B/12B from Canadian Natural Resources.

The block is located in the Outeniqua Basin, around 175 kilometres off South Africa’s southern coast, and covers an area of 19 000 square kilometres with water depths ranging from 200 to 1 800 metres.

Source: SA Info

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