Sasol International Petroleum gets South Africa exploration permit

offshore sa-conduqtor wcBoth basins are located at the southern end of the Mozambique Channel. (Image source: Conduqtor/Wikimedia Commons)Sasol Petroleum International has signed an Exploration Right (ER) permit for hydrocarbons exploration in the Durban and Zululand Basins, offshore Kwazulu-Natal province in South Africa

The permit has been granted by Petroleum Agency South Africa (PASA) for an initial period of three years.

Both basins are located at the southern end of the Mozambique Channel, where significant discoveries have recently been made in the north of Mozambique in the Rovuma Basin, Sasol Petroleum International said.

Ebbie Haan, MD at Sasol Petroleum International, said, “This is Sasol’s first operated Exploration Right licence in South Africa in a decade.”

Haan added that the company will ensure that a public consultation programme will be implemented during the assessment phase in the area.

In 2011, Sasol Petroleum International was granted a Technical Cooperation Permit (TCP 032) to study and investigate the potential for hydrocarbons offshore Mozambique in an area covering 83,000 sq km. The granting of the current ER permit follows the submission of a work programme in September 2012, it said.

The company has already completed 4,000km of a 2D seismic survey of the programme covering an area of 5,950km. The remainder is expected to be acquired in 2014, following which the results will be analysed and interpreted, Sasol Petroleum International added.



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