Total discover more gas

Total discover more gas

Total announced today that it had made a second “significant” gas discovery off South Africa’s southern coast.  The first discover was in 2019.

The find is expected to bring a much-needed boost to South Africa’s ailing economy, already in recession before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

The gas deposit was found 175 kilometres (110 miles) offshore near another discovered early last year.

“Total has made a significant gas condensate discovery on the Luiperd prospect… in the Outeniqua Basin,” it said in a statement.

“This discovery follows the adjacent play opening Brulpadda discovery in 2019, which proved a significant new petroleum province in the region.”

The find is expected to bring a much-needed boost to South Africa’s ailing economy, already in recession before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Total exploration and production president Arnaud Breuillac said the second discovery showed “the world-class nature of this offshore gas play”.

In the statement, Breuillac added that Total had acquired “important data” on the reserves that would help the company engage with South African authorities on “possible conditions of… commercialization”.

Total holds a 45% stake in the block, alongside Qatari, British and South African firms.


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