South Africa's east coast frontier offers untested mid to deepwater potential

This article highlights the results of a recent reappraisal of the petroleum geology of the South African offshore Cretaceous Durban and Zululand basins.The basins are located at the southern end of the Mozambique basin, which hosts giant Temane and Pande gas fields. Exploration the past 30 years has focused on a nearshore trend of structural closures and has involved the drilling of only four wells northeast of Durban, but this approach has proved disappointing.However, a critical review of the regional geology and the drilling results has now provided compelling evidence of large untested structural and stratigraphic traps and confirmation of overlooked traces of oil in the most recentl...

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