Feb 2019: Total (operator, 45%), with partners Qatar Petroleum (25%), CNR (20%), and Main Street (10%), has discovered significant gas/condensate in the Brulpadda-1 well 175 kms off the southern coast in block 11B/12B within the Outeniqua basin. The well encountered 57 m of net pay in Lower Cretaceous reservoirs. Partners plan a 3D seismic survey in 2019 followed by up to 4 exploration wells.
Nov 2018: South Africa has joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) as an Association country. As the largest energy consumer on the continent, South Africa holds about half of Africa’s electricity generation capacity.
Sep 2017: Statoil has acquired interests in 2 additional offshore frontier blocks, to add to a license it acquired in 2015 (35% of ExxonMobil-operated Tugela South). They are Exploration Right 12/3/252 Transkei-Algoa (also 35% and ExxonMobil-operated) and Exploration Right 12/3/257 East Algoa (operator, 90%). The remaining 10% is held by OK Energy.
Jul 2017: Odfjell Drilling has been awarded a contract by Total for one well plus one optional well to be drilled by the semi-submersible, Deepsea Stavanger, commencing after June 2018. The drilling of the firm well should take 60-80 days.
May 2017: Recommendations for the first shale gas licences in the Karoo basin will be finalised soon. Shell, Falcon and Bundu are among 5 applications being reviewed by the Petroleum Agency SA (PASA) with a determination due in the third quarter of 2017. Exploration rights will be valid for 3 years.
Mar 2016: Exploration for shale gas will begin in the next financial year after delays led Shell to pull back from planned shale gas projects in the onshore Karoo Basin.
Oct 2015: Total is to resume drilling offshore in the Outeniqua Basin in the second half of 2016 after stopping in 2014 due to mechanical problems with its rig. Total is operator of Block 11B/12B (50%) along with CNR International (50%).
Oct 2015: Statoil farmed-in to ExxonMobil's ER 12/3/154 Tugela South Exploration Right in water depths up to 1,800m. The company has acquired 35% leaving ExxonMobil (operator) with 40%. Impact Africa has 25%. There are no commitment wells before 2017.
Oct 2015: PetroSA has had a disappointing offshore gas drilling program after drilling 3 wells at the F-O field (Project Ikhwezi) but failing to locate significant reserves.
Jan 2015: Jumbo has completed the subsea installation of the replacement MEG riser for the Ikhwezi Project at the existing FA Platform. Project Ikhwezi plans to prolong the life of the Mossgas Gas-To-Liquids plant by tapping into gas reserves of the F-O field, developed as a subsea tie-back, 40kms SE of the existing FA production platform.
Sep 2014: Falcon Oil & Gas has applied for a shale gas exploration licence in the Karoo Basin. Falcon was granted a Technical Cooperation Permit in 2009 and in December 2012 it announced a cooperation agreement with Chevron Business Development. The government is soon expected to issue companies with licences.
Oct 2013: Kinetiko Energy has spud its sixth pilot production well on the Amersfoort Project northern licence (56ER). Three further pilot production wells are planned up to November 2013. Each well will have a total depth of up to 450m.
Sep 2013: Total has completed the acquisition of a 50% interest and operatorship of Block 11B/12B from CNR International. It is located in the Outeniqua Basin, around 175 kms off the south coast and covers an area of 19,000 sq kms with water depths ranging from 200m to 1,800m. Total will drill an exploration well in 2014.
Sep 2013: Molopo Energy will sell it interests in biogenic gas, including a production right granted in 2012. Molopo has undeveloped acres in the Virginia area in the Free State province and the Evander area southeast of Johannesburg. In its Virginia area gas flow continues from 11 pilot wells at 0.01 bcm per year. It has a gas sales agreement expandable to 0.08 bcm per year.
Dec 2012: Sunbird Energy will take 76% of the Ibhubesi gas and condensate project off the west coast. Following PetroSA’s Ikhwezi project, Ibhubesi is the largest undeveloped gas discovery in South Africa. A 100 km pipeline to Island Point and an onshore gas processing facility are planned. Ibhubesi lies in Block 2A in the Orange basin, 150 kms off Northern Cape Province at water depths of 250m. Eight wells have been drilled since 1998. South Africa’s NOC, PetroSA, holds the remaining 24%.
Oct 2012: Australian Kinetiko Energy and partner Badimo Gas have started drilling a gas pilot production well on the Amersfoort project in Mpumalanga,. The well is the first of 3 on the northern tenement (56ER) to be drilled by early 2013. Three wells are also planned on the southern tenement (38ER). Each well will reach a depth of up to 450m and test coal beds and associated sandstones. The Amersfoort project is 250 kms east of Johannesburg in Mpumalanga (formerly Eastern Transvaal).
Sep 2012: PetroSA, South Africa’s national oil company, agreed with Cairn India to license Block 1 in the Orange Basin off the west coast covering 19,922 sq kms. Cairn will hold a 60% interest. The Orange Basin, near the border with Namibia, is little drilled. Both Shell and Anadarko are also now exploring in this region.