Shell Makes Fourth Oil Discovery Offshore Namibia

The announcement underscores the potential importance of the Orange Basin.

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Shell has reportedly made another discovery offshore Namibia, although the extent of this discovery is still being investigated. The Lesedi-1X exploration well is the company’s fourth find in the Orange Basin.

In March 2023, Shell, QatarEnergy, and Namibia’s National Petroleum Corporation (NAMCOR) concluded operations on exploration well Jonker-1X. That well was drilled to a total depth of 6168 m in water depth of 2210 m. Drilling operations established the presence of a reservoir with light oil.

Victoria Sibeya, NAMCOR’s executive for upstream exploration, said at the time, “The encouraging results from the well are a geological testimony of the significant hydrocarbon potential in the deepwater play of the Orange Basin.”