Africa’s attractiveness as a global hot spot for exploration dollars has been tarnished in recent years due to the industry downturn, energy transition and Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the continent remains in the sights of certain companies, both big and small, because many of Africa’s prospective deep-water and onshore basins still remain largely untouched by the drill bit and host big potential resources.

While financing frontier exploration remains a challenge and reducing reservoir risk is hyper-important, even in the downturn French supermajor Total has continued to find choice reasons to go wildcatting, shaking up the sector in South Africa with its major Brulpadda and Luiperd gas-condensate discoveries.