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South Africa Gives go-ahead for TotalEnergies to Drill Offshore

Oct 03, 2023

South Africa's environment ministry has given the go-ahead for TotalEnergies TTEF.PA to drill offshore for gas and oil, after rejecting an appeal from more than a dozen individuals and lobby groups who intend challenging the decision.The appeal to stop TotalEnergies from drilling in Block 5/6/7 off the Cape coast was the latest in a series of actions seeking to halt energy companies exploring for new offshore discoveries at the foot of Africa…

Shell's Court Battle Over S.Africa Offshore Exploration Delayed -Lawyer

Oct 18, 2023

A court case over whether to allow Shell to explore for oil and gas off South Africa's pristine Wild Coast has been delayed until next year, a lawyer for environmentalists said on Wednesday.Shell wants to overturn a decision by the Makanda High…

Africa Oil Corp. Expands Interest in Block 3B/4B Offshore South Africa. Plans Underway for Two-well Drilling Campaign

Jul 11, 2023

Africa Oil Corp. has entered an agreement to increase its operated working interest (“WI”) in Block 3B/4B, located in the Orange Basin offshore South Africa and, the company says, on trend with the Venus, Graff, La Rona and Jonker oil discoveries in the nearby Namibia…

South Africa Grants Turkey's Karpowership Deal to Ease Power Crisis

May 19, 2023

South Africa has granted Turkey's Karpowership access to the three ports of Ngqura, Durban and Saldanha Bay for a period of 20 years, the transport ministry said on Thursday, as it tries to find solutions to the country's power crisis.Karpowership aims…

Crown Energy Withdraws from South African Offshore Venture Following Disappointing Well Results

May 11, 2023

Crown Energy said Thursday it would withdraw from the joint venture operating the Block 2B offshore South Africa after disappointing results of the Gazania-1 exploration well drilled in 2022.The Gazania-1 well was spudded in October 2022, using the Island Innovator semi-submersible drilling…

Partners Apply for Environmental Permit for Offshore Drilling in South Africa

Mar 24, 2023

Oil and gas company Eco Atlantic said this week it was, with its partners Africa Oil and Ricocure, applying for Environmental Authorisation to undertake exploration activities in Block 3B/4B in the Orange Basin off the Northern Cape/South-West Coast of South Africa…

Russian Antarctic Vessel Docks in South Africa as Green Groups Protest

Jan 29, 2023

A Russian research vessel which has been prospecting for oil and natural gas in the Antarctic docked in South Africa on Saturday following protests by green campaigners who say its operations in the region violate a treaty banning mineral exploration…

MTN Lands 45,000km Subsea Cable in S. Africa to Boost Africa's Connectivity

Dec 13, 2022

MTN South Africa and MTN GlobalConnect, in partnership with a consortium, have landed a 45,000-kilometer subsea cable in South Africa, part of plans to build a subsea network to connect African countries to Europe and the Middle East.Africa's…

Closely Watched Gazania Wildcat Offshore S. Africa Disappoints

Nov 18, 2022

Eco-Atlantic hasn't found any hydrocarbons in the Gazania-1 exploration well, which is located off the coast of South Africa. The well was drilled in about 150 meters of water, is located 25 kilometers offshore the Northern Cape in the Orange Basin…

Island Drilling's Offshore Rig Lands $30M Contract with Dana Petroleum

Oct 25, 2022

Offshore drilling firm Island Drilling has signed a drilling contract with Dana Petroleum for a drilling program in the UK in 2023.For this, Island Drilling will supply its 2012-built harsh-environment semi-submersible drilling rig, Island Innovator…

Eco Atlantic Starts Operations at Gazania-1 Wildcat Offshore South Africa

Oct 04, 2022

The Island Innovator semi-submersible drilling rig has arrived on Block 2B offshore South Africa, and is set to start operations on the Gazania-1 exploration well.The Gazania-1 exploration well is being drilled in approximately 150 meters of…

TotalEnergies' Gas Fields Could Generate $450M a year for S.Africa

Sep 16, 2022

TotalEnergies 11B/12B offshore gas field could make a direct annual contribution of at least 8 billion rand ($457 million) to South African government finances, the country's petroleum regulator said on Thursday.'That is not just the overall…

TotalEnergies Seeking Production License for S.Africa Block

Sep 06, 2022

TotalEnergies has lodged its production license application for Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa, the national petroleum regulator said on Tuesday, before a deadline expired which might have seen the oil major forfeit its right to develop the huge discovery…

Rig on the Move: Eco Atlantic to Spud 'Transformational' Gazania-1 Well Off S. Africa in September

Aug 12, 2022

Oil and gas company Eco Atlantic said Friday it expected to start drilling at its Gazania-1 well off South Africa in September, as the Island Innovator rig, owned by Island Drilling Company AS, was released and mobilized Friday. The Gazania-1 well is located in the Orange Basin in South Africa…

Deepwater Drilling: Venus Puts Southern Africa in the Spotlight

Jun 17, 2022

Shell's and TotalEnergies' Graff and Venus deepwater discoveries off Namibia have put southern Africa under the exploration spotlight. With deepwater offering high productivity reserves, it's a spotlight that's likely to linger for a few years yet…

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