Africa Energy, an oil and gas company with exploration assets offshore South Africa and Namibia, has announced a significant gas condensate discovery on the Luiperd prospect located on Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa. This discovery follows the adjacent Brulpadda discovery made in 2019.
Garrett Soden, Africa Energy’s president and CEO, says the Luiperd discovery reconfirms this world‐class exploration play with substantial follow‐on potential. The net pay encountered in the Luiperd target objective is significantly larger than the main reservoir at last year’s Brulpadda discovery. The Block 11B/12B partners are conducting a drill stem test to measure flow rates over the next few weeks. Due to the success at Luiperd, the joint venture has decided to proceed with development studies and engage with authorities on the commercialisation of gas instead of drilling another exploration well in this programme.
The Luiperd‐1X exploration well was drilled in approximately 1800 m of water by the Odfjell Deepsea Stavanger semi‐submersible rig to a total depth of about 3400 m. The well targeted the hydrocarbons potential in a mid‐Cretaceous aged deep marine sequence where fan sandstone systems are developed within combined stratigraphic/structural closure.
The well encountered 73 m of net gas condensate pay over a mid‐Cretaceous high‐quality reservoir interval and did not encounter the water contact. Following a comprehensive coring and logging programme, the Block 11B/12B joint venture is now testing the well to assess dynamic reservoir characteristics and deliverability.
The Luiperd discovery is located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin 175 km off the southern coast of South Africa. The block covers an area of 19 000 km2 with water depths ranging from 200 to 1800 m.
Contact Sophia Shane, Africa Energy, email@example.com