Ciaran Ryan
5 minute read
12 Nov 2020
8:48 am

SA a global gas player

Ciaran Ryan

The discovery comes at time when Eskom has to retire old coal-fired power stations.

An undated handout picture released by the regional press office of the French multinational energy firm Total on February 25, 2020 shows the Tungsten Explorer drillship anchored off the Lebanese coast to explore for oil and gas. TOTAL/AFP/File/-

Last month French energy giant Total announced it had made a significant gas condensate discovery 175km off the southern coast of SA in what is known as the Luiperd prospect. This follows the 2019 discovery of an estimated one billion barrels of oil equivalent of gas and condensate at Brulpadda, off the coast of Mossel Bay. Even before the latest Total discovery, the 2019 Brulpadda find was touted as one of the biggest finds globally, and a ‘game changer’ that puts SA on the global energy map. An analysis by engineering group EPCM Holdings suggests that the billion barrels at Brulpadda is...