Galp continues exploration in Namibia’s Orange basin

March 14, 2024
Galp Energia discovered hydrocarbons in the Mopane-2X well in Namibia’s Orange basin.

Galp Energia SGPS SA discovered hydrocarbons in the Mopane-2X well in petroleum exploration license 83 in Namibia’s Orange basin, said partner Sintana Energy Inc. in a Mar. 14 release.

Galp drilled Mopane-2X to its designated depth and encountered a column of light oil in reservoirs of high quality, Sintana said. The AVO-3 exploration target, the AVO-1 appraisal target, and a deeper target were fully cored and logged.

The AVO-1 appraisal target found the same pressure regime as in the previous Mopane-1X discovery well about 8 km to the east, confirming its lateral extension (OGJ Online Jan. 10, 2024; Jan. 29, 2024). The rig will now return to the Mopane-1X well location to conduct a drill stem test until early April. Galp will continue to analyze the acquired data during the coming weeks to assess the commerciality of the discoveries.

Mopane-1X and Mopane-2X are part of Galp’s ongoing exploration campaign on blocks 2813A and 2814B in Namibia’s Orange basin. PEL 83, in 250-2,550 m of water, sits directly north of PEL 39 where Shell made discoveries at Graff- 1, La Rona-1, and Jonker-1. PEL 83 is also contiguous to Block 2913B where TotalEnergies made its Venus-1 discovery.

Galp is operator of PEL 83 (80%) with partners the National Petroleum Corp. of Namibia (NAMCOR) (10%) and Custos Energy (10%). Sintana has 49% carried interest through its indirect investment in Custos Energy.