VANCOUVER – Africa Energy is looking to procure a rig for a well in 3Q on block 2B offshore South Africa’s west coast.
The Gazania-1 exploratory well will target two prospects in what the company describes as a relatively low-risk rift basin oil play, up-dip from Soekor’s 1988 AJ-1 discovery.
Africa Energy has a 90% operated interest in the block, which will reduce to 27.5% once the South African government approves farm-outs agreed last year with Azinam and Panoro Energy.
Currently the joint venture is using a fully-processed 7,033-km (4,370-mi) 2D seismic dataset supplied by Shearwater Geo last September in order to finalize a full prospect analysis for the eastern part of the block.
A fast-track dataset received earlier in 2020 confirmed the Kloofpadda play trend, which numerous large leads.
In addition, the JV is assessing processed 3D data that integrates PGS and Polarcus surveys over the Paddavissie Fairway (2,975 sq km in total).
The data, which has improved resolution, will be integrated with earlier drilling and testing to support development studies and to convert leads into prospects within the Paddavissie Fairway.