Three exploration wells offshore the Northern Cape province will be drilled in 2024.

At least three exploration wells offshore the Northern Cape province will be drilled in 2024 to prove the petroleum resource potential in the Orange Basin, located in the South Atlantic Ocean offshore west coast of South Africa. The basin is under explored especially in the deep-water areas. This announcement was made by minister Gwede Mantashe in June 2023 during the Northern Cape Mining and Energy investment conference.  The Northern Cape Province accounts for at least 70% of the Orange Basin in which large oil and gas discoveries have been made in Namibia.  Mantashe at the time said that the mitigation measures to be used during the oil and gas drilling campaign is satisfying and has been assured that there will be no harm to the marine eco-system which provides livelihood to small scale fisheries. Furthermore, he added that by allowing for oil and gas exploration in the province, it will unlock resources that can restore security of energy supply in South Africa.

Journalist: Rene Julies
Email: rckjulies@gmail.com

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