Operations - Sasol Petroleum International
Our operation in Mozambique is SPI’s main gas-producing asset and is the gas lifeline to various Sasol businesses in South Africa.
In 2012 we completed the expansion of the central processing facility (CPF) at the onshore Pande and Temane fields. This increased the CPF's annual production capacity to 183 million gigajoules per annum (M GJ/a) from 120 M GJ/a. The additional gas will be directed to the Mozambican electricity markets, Sasol Gas in South Africa and to the Mozambican government, as royalty gas.
In Gabon SPI has a 27,75% interest in the Etame Marin Permit, operated by Houston-Based VAALCO Energy,. Gross oil production of sweet crude oil of about 20 000 barrels per day is realised from the Etame, Ebouri and Avouma oil fields.
In Nigeria we hold an interest in three deepwater exploration licences, two of 5% and one of 0.375%. We participated in the drilling of two exploration wells in the non-operated block OPL214 (in which SPI has a 5% working interest). This yielded two minor oil and gas discoveries, which may be tied in to the main Uge field development.
In the AC/P 52 licence in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia, SPI and our partner Finder Exploration are completing prospect maturation studies to enable drilling.
In December 2010, SPI acquired a 50% stake in the Farrell Creek shale gas assets and the associated gas-gathering systems and processing facility of Talisman Energy in the Montney Basin in British Columbia, Canada. In March 2011, SPI acquired a 50% stake in Talisman’s high-quality Cypress A shale gas assets.
In Botswana we have a joint-venture agreement with Origin Energy of Australia to explore for coal-bed methane. The joint venture, Kubu Energy Resources, acquired three prospecting licences covering an area of 2 970 km2 in the Central Province. We are planning a number of exploration activities over the next two years to determine the quantity of natural gas available and the feasibility of commercial development.
In South Africa, together with our partners, Statoil SA and Chesapeake Energy Corporation, we decided to not pursue shale gas exploration in the Karoo Basin owing to complex subsurface conditions and economic challenges.