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TotalEnergies, Shell in Fresh South African Oil Exploration Bid

  • Shell, Searcher Seismic have had seismic surveys blocked
  • TotalEnergies, Shell want to explore block off southwest coast
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TotalEnergies SE and Shell Plc are seeking to drill oil exploration wells off South Africa’s southwest coast months after two attempts to conduct seismic surveys in the country’s waters were thwarted by legal challenges.

TotalEnergies is seeking comments from “interested and affected” parties and has invited them to participate in public meetings on the proposed program, SLR Consulting Ltd., which has been contracted to conduct an environmental assessment, said in the notice dated April 19, seen by Bloomberg.