Qatar Petroleum is pleased to announce a new gas/condensate discovery in the Luiperd prospect, located in Block 11B/12B, in the Outeniqua Basin, 175 kilometres off the southern coast of South Africa.

This is the second significant discovery in Block 11B/12B, which is being explored by Qatar Petroleum and its partners, Total (operator), CNR International and Main Street.

Qatar Petroleum South Africa gas discovery

In February 2019, an important gas condensate discovery in the Brulpadda prospect was announced, marking a major milestone for a new play in South Africa.

Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President/CEO of Qatar Petroleum, HE Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, said the initial well results are better than anticipated, and they offer a great opportunity to pursue further exploration and appraisal activities in the area, and to look into integrated commercialisation of these findings aligned with all stakeholders.

I would like to congratulate our partners, for their great efforts leading to this discovery in a challenging pandemic environment, safely and efficiently. I am also grateful to the hard and diligent work by Qatar Petroleum’s exploration team, whose dedicated and successful efforts are well recognised.

The Luiperd-1X well was safely drilled to a total depth of about 3,400 metres. The well encountered 73 metres of net gas/condensate-bearing reservoir in Lower Cretaceous Paddavissie reservoirs. Various development options are currently being evaluated to commercialise these findings.

Block 11B/12B covers an area of 19,000 square kilometres, with water depths ranging from 200 to 1,800 metres. It is operated by Total with a 45% working interest, and partners Qatar Petroleum (25%), CNR International (20%) and Main Street (10%).

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