Port of Mossel Bay, a critical role player in the discovery of gallons of success

[Mossel Bay, South Africa, 10 November 2020] on 04 November 2020, the Port of Mossel Bay hosted the Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s standing Committee on Finance, Economic, Opportunities, and Tourism with the aim of receiving a progress update from TOTAL South Africa on the Luiperd exploration project which has successfully led to the discovery a massive gas find that contains a small amount of oil – in the Luiperd prospect, located 175km off the southern coast of Mossel Bay.

Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange welcoming all delegates to the port.

The Luiperd well was drilled to a total depth of about 3,400 meters and encountered 73 meters of net gas condensate pay in well-developed good quality Lower Cretaceous reservoirs.

“We are pleased to have played an integral part of both the Brulpadda and the Luiperd discoveries. As the Port Landlord and marine service provider, the Port of Mossel Bay has clearly displayed that it is playing a strategically significant role in the oil and gas industry. We are fully committed to working with the oil and gas industry, and meeting future requirements by providing all the services and Port infrastructure required in support of the exploration.”, says Port of Mossel Bay, Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange.

The marine, real estate and security services provided by the Port of Mossel Bay to the exploration, have a direct and significant contribution to the success of the project. In over a decade, the port has had Zero (0) marine service delays when servicing our client’s vessels, this includes the Two (2) supply vessels that were used in the current TOTAL exploration project. This has further reaffirmed the port’s value proposition of being Focused on meeting customer demands and exceptional performance, while serving the petroleum, fishing and tourism industries in support of sustained economic development in one of the most pristine environments in Africa.”

TNPA’s contribution into the oil and gas industry ties into government’s efforts to develop the “ocean economy” through the second phase of its Operation Phakisa but it is a demonstration of its full confidence in the  significant role that ports can play in the advancement of the oil and gas industry. TNPA’s core functions are to provide marine services, plan, provide, maintain and improve port infrastructure at the eight commercial ports in South Africa, one of which is the Port of Mossel Bay.

Through a press release disseminated by their office in Paris, Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production at Total said “We are very pleased with this second discovery and its very encouraging results, which prove the world-class nature of this offshore gas play. With this discovery and the successful seismic acquisitions, TOTAL and its partners have acquired important data on the Paddavissie fairway, which will help to progress development studies and engage with South African authorities regarding the possible conditions of the gas commercialization.”

Some of the benefits highlighted by TOTAL indicate that discoveries both Brulpadda and Luiperd will:

  1. Reconfirm South Africa as an oil and gas exploration destination and promote entry into the next phase of the project i.e. developments and productions.
  2. Significantly contribute to energy security and revenue/ Gross Domestic Product balance of payments of the country once projects come on stream.

A progress update on the Brulpadda exploration, which was the first successful exploration prior to the Luiperd exploration and its significant contribution to the overall success of the Oil and Gas explorations led by TOTAL was also provided.

Despite being the smallest of the commercial ports along the South African coast, the Port of Mossel Bay is the only port that operates two off-shore mooring points within port limits and the Port’s location and capabilities makes it a leader in servicing the oil and gas industry. It is also home to one of only a few gas-to-liquids refineries around the world and South Africa’s smallest refinery, built by South Africa’s national oil company Petro SA in 1989, though the port deals mostly with the fishing industry.

The visit was concluded by a walkabout of the leased TOTAL premises in the Port of Mossel Bay.

Group Photo of Stakeholders before a walkabout of the TOTAL leased areas.

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