Southern Africa’s exploration circles are abuzz with talk of Shell achieving super-charged oil flow rates from production tests it has been running on its ground-breaking Graff-1x discovery well offshore Namibia.

Namibia is probably the world’s top exploration hotspot, as two discoveries by Shell — Graff and Jonker — and TotalEnergies’ Venus pave the way for a surge of industry interest in the long-neglected Orange basin and set the scene for what could be at least three major projects.

No full-scale oil and gas production tests were carried out when the original discovery wells were drilled, so Shell and TotalEnergies are in the midst of carrying out these vital operations which will help determine if their deep-water finds are commercially viable.