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Total will resume drilling at the Brulpadda prospect in December. Brulpadda, in Block 11B/12B, is a gas condensate discovery that could hold total resources of 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent. According to Garrett Soden, CEO of Africa Energy, which holds a 4.9% effective interest in the block, the drilling costs will lower to around $100 million per well, from $154 million for the first well drilled.

Further Brulpadda drilling planned for the end of 2019In anticipation, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has stated that the Port of Mossel Bay is well equipped to provide value for Total. The port’s role in the drilling expedition has so far involved providing land and quay space for the logistics base operations, as well as marine services such as piloting, berthing, craft services and vessel and traffic control.

Mossel Bay is the smallest of the commercial ports on the west coast. While fishing has been the biggest industry there until now, it is also home to one of only a few gas-to-liquids refineries around the world, Mossgas. In fact, Mossgas is the only regional facility which can process condensates, a kind of light crude oil. The Brulpadda find contains condensates.

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

In an interview with Reuters, Soden said that Brulpadda highlighted the opportunities on the west coast. South Africa is the company's key market, he said, adding that Africa Energy is also looking at new oil and gas assets further up the coast. “We are also looking all the way up to Senegal on the west coast. On the offshore, that is where we see the opportunities. We are looking at Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Gabon, Cameroon,” he said.

Image credit: https://www.gulfkeystone.com/about-us/board-of-directors/garrett-soden

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