Growing our upstream base in South Africa

In 2013 we were granted exploration right permit (ER236) to explore for hydrocarbons along South Africa’s Durban and Zululand Basins offshore KwaZulu-Natal province. These basins are of interest because they sit at the southern end of the Mozambique Channel in which the Rovuma basin, where major gas discoveries have been made, is situated. The permit, granted for an initial period of three years, covers an area of 82 117 km2. In 2014 we concluded a farm-down with Eni for ER236.

In May 2013, together with our 50% partner PetroSA, we were granted a technical co-operation permit (TCP) by PASA for Block 3A/4A in the offshore Orange basin along South Africa’s west coast. With PetroSA, we are conducting a regional study of the area, which will determine whether we apply to convert the TCP to an exploration right.

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