Total gets go-ahead for ultra-deepwater Kaombo project offshore Angola

Total and its partners in block 32 offshore Angola have committed to the $16-billion ultra-deepwater Kaombo development project.

Total ultra-deepwater Kaombo development project
Total ultra-deepwater Kaombo development project

Offshore staff

PARIS – Total and its partners in block 32 offshore Angola have committed to the $16-billion ultra-deepwater Kaombo development project.

The production facilities will have capacity to process 230,000 b/d of oil and will develop estimated reserves of 650 MMbbl. Start-up is anticipated in 2017.

The offshore complex will receive production from six of 12 discoveries (Gengibre, Gindungo, Caril, Canela, Mostarda, and Louro) covering 800 sq km (309 sq mi) in the central and southeastern parts of the block. The location is roughly 260 km (161 mi) offshore Luanda in water depths ranging from 1,400-1,900 m (4,593-6,233 ft).

Development calls for 59 subsea wells connected via 300 km (186 mi) of subsea lines to two FPSOs, each with a production capacity of 115,000 b/d. Both will be conversions of very large crude carriers into production units. Associated gas will be exported to the onshore Angola LNG plant which entered service in 2013.

Total expects Angolan yards to contribute more than 14 million man-hours of fabrication and construction work.

Partners in block 32 are Sonangol P&P, Sonangol Sinopec International, Esso Exploration and Production Angola (Overseas), and Galp Energia.

Later this year Total expects to begin operations at theCLOV FPSO, the host for the company’s fourth multi-field development offshore Angola. Additionally the company plans to drill three exploratory wells in the ultra-deepwater Kwanza basin.

04/14/2014

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