Total operates the block in the Outeniqua basin, 175 km (109 mi) from the country’s southern coast.
According to partner Africa Energy, Luiperd-1X is being drilled in 1,795 m (5,890 ft) of water by to a TD of 3,550 m (11,647 ft) subsea on the eastern area of the Paddavissie Fairway as a follow-up to the Brulpadda gas-condensate/light oil discovery of February 2019. If successful, a drillstem test will follow.
The well will test oil and gas potential in a mid-Cretaceous deep marine sequence where fan sandstone systems are developed within combined stratigraphic/structural closure.
All operations are expected to be completed during 4Q.
Africa Energy’s participation comes via a 49% interest in Main Street 1549 (Proprietary), which has a 10% share in the block. Qatar Petroleum and CNR International are the other partners.