One of the promising hotspots for oil and gas exploration drilling this year—South Africa's offshore—has just yielded a massive natural gas and. South Africa's first deep-water discovery, reported Thursday by French oil major Total SA, may prompt a rush of activity offshore by competitors. South Africa’s first deep-water discovery, reported Thursday by French oil major Total SA, may prompt a rush of activity offshore by competitors as the country works to cut its reliance on imported fuels. The Brulpadda find, estimated at about 1 billion barrels by Total chief. Last week, French oil major Total announced that it had made what amounted to South Africa's first deep-water discovery, finding significant. But Niall Kramer, CEO of the South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA), says it is still too Total may now drill another four wells in Brulpadda. A map of South Africa, locating offshore oil exploration blocks. Petroleum giant Total made a massive gas-condensate discovery in the. Total S.A. has begun drilling the Brulpadda-1AX re-entry well offshore South Africa, partner Africa Energy Corp. announced Dec. The well is. Niall Kramer, head of the South African Oil and Gas Alliance, said it is very significant that a major player such as Total was returning to re-drill. France's Total and partners will resume drilling at the Brulpadda prospect offshore South Africa in December, a minority partner in the field said.