French oil major Total has announced that it had made a significant gas condensate discovery on the Luiperd prospect offshore South Africa.

The prospect is located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin.

Covering across 19,000km², the Block 11B/12B is approximately 175km off the southern coast of South Africa. It is situated in water depths ranging from 200m to 2,000m.

Total E&P South Africa operates Block 11B/12B with a 45% stake while Qatar Petroleum (QP) and CNR International respectively hold 25% and 20% interests.

The remaining 10% is owned by South African consortium Main Street.

Total had drilled the Luiperd prospect down to 3,400m. The drilling programme encountered 73m of net gas condensate pay in well-developed ‘Lower Cretaceous’ reservoirs.

The well will be tested to assess the dynamic reservoir characteristics, following a ‘comprehensive coring and logging’ programme.

Total exploration and production president Arnaud Breuillac 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 commercialisation.”

In August, Africa Energy signed definitive agreements to increase its stake in Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa.