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Kinetiko’s core well indicates potential for large gas field in South Africa

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Australian company Kinetico Energy is drilling for gas and coal methane in the Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal provinces of South Africa. Image credit: Kinetico Energy from their website https://www.kinetiko.com.au/about-overview/

Kinetiko’s core well indicates potential for large gas field in South Africa

Australian gas explorer and developer Kinetiko Energy could stand on the cusp of a significant gas discovery at one of their core wells close to Volksrust in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.

Kinetiko is focused on advanced shallow conventional gas and coal bed methane in South Africa.

The company announced that results from recent activity at a core well close to South Africa’s Lilly gas pipeline, achieved a gas content of more than 10m3 per tonne, which is a substantial find, and one of the best results the company has realised since it started drilling as part of their greater gas project in the region.

Kinetiko’s core well 270-03C is located close to the Lilly pipeline, South Africa’s largest overland gas pipeline. The Lilly gas pipeline is a 600km-long onshore pipeline that runs from Mpumalanga to KwaZulu-Natal. The pipeline is operated by Transnet.

According to Kinetiko’s CEO, Nick de Blocq, wireline logging results from core well 270-03C have established 153.5m of sandstone pay zones, while coal seams of combined 5.75m thickness were encountered.

The well, about 7km from the Lilly pipeline, was spudded on 24 January 2023 is undergoing gas desorption testing and wireline logging results indicating strong potential for gas field development.

Commercial gas field on Lilly’s doorstep (Kinetiko’s core well indicates potential for large gas field in South Africa)

“The second of our three core hole campaign in Block ER270 has reinforced our deliberate mapped out drill program in a big way. Yet another record breaker, in fact. Cutting over 150m of gas pay, finding reservoir sands in the Dwyka formations a group of one of four geological groups that compose the Karoo Supergroup and samples heading north of 10 after only a month in the lab are wonderful indicators of a very commercial field on the doorstep of the Lilly pipeline,” says de Blocq.

According to a report by Kinetiko, coal samples are continuing to desorb in test canisters with one now over 10m³/tonne and rising after one month.

“Coals of combined 5.75m thickness continue to be desorption tested. Such a high content is caused by proximity to a dolerite dyke, which was hot, molten rock when it intrudes the sedimentary section.

“The intense heat altered the amount of gas the coal can hold in an adsorbed state and increases the amount of gas coals which will add to the production from the primary sandstone reservoirs.”

An additional pay well in the area (Kinetiko’s core well indicates potential for large gas field in South Africa)

“This anomaly has been observed in a number of wells completed on the project. The strong gas-effect crossover of the density and neutron porosity curves between 288 to 574m adds up to 153.5m in combined gassy sandstone thickness.

“This does not include sandy zones with a weak effect or zones less than one metre thick, which may also contribute gas in a producing well.

“The average depth of these sandstone reservoirs is 150m deeper than the Korhaan production wells to the north. This added depth should increase the pressure and volume of gas flow in a future production well in this new area, relative to the Korhaan area.

“This is the first hole where the company has seen reservoir quality sandstone in the glacial Dwyka Formation (below 561m). It has always been poorly sorted and tight in the other wells but adds a deep additional pay zone in this area.

Kinetiko’s core well indicates potential for large gas field in South Africa

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Kinetiko’s core well indicates potential for large gas field in South Africa

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