Brulpadda partners scouting for rig for follow-up well offshore South Africa

May 21, 2019

Offshore staff

VANCOUVER, Canada – Total and its partners in block 11B/12B offshore South Africa aim to drill their next exploration well early in 2020.

During 1Q, the semisubmersible Deepsea Stavanger concluded operations on the Brulpadda discovery well in the same block in 1,400 m (4,593 ft) water depth.

According to partner Africa Energy, the well targeted two objectives in a deep marine fan sandstone system within combined stratigraphic/structural closure. The initial objective was successful, with the well subsequently being deepened to a final depth of 3,633 m (11,919 ft), also finding hydrocarbons in the Brulpadda-deep prospect. In total it encountered 57 m (187 ft) of net gas condensate pay over two Lower Cretaceous reservoirs and oil pay in the upper reservoir.

Recently the Polarcus Asima vessel completed a first-phase 3D seismic acquisition program over the Paddavissie Fairway within the block.

The partners will integrate the results with their findings from the Brulpadda well to plan next year’s drilling campaign. Negotiations are under way for a rig, Africa Energy said.