French oil company Total S.A. announced in February an important new gas find off the southern coast of South Africa. This find in deep waters, marks a significant departure from previous explorations, which number some 300 offshore wells located in relatively shallow waters.

Total’s discovery was made by the country’s first deepwater well, using knowledge and experience gained from drilling in the harsh sub-Arctic conditions of West Shetland off Scotland. The well lies in the Brulpadda Block, an area of 19,000 sq km about 275 km south of Mossel Bay which is thought to contain about 1 billion barrels of wet gas containing some oil.  

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