Total starts up Kaombo offshore Angola

Total has started up production from the Kaombo project in block 32 offshore Angola.

FPSO Kaombo Norte
FPSO Kaombo Norte

Offshore staff

PARIS – Total has started up production from the Kaombo project in block 32 offshore Angola, 260 km (161 mi) from Luanda on the coast.

This is the country’s largest ongoing deep offshore development, the company said, and will eventually provide 15% of Angola’s oil production.

Kaombo Norte, the first of two VLCCs converted to FPSOs for the development, is onstream and will produce around 115,000 b/d of oil.

The second FPSO,Kaombo Sul, should enter service next year, lifting overall production eventually to an estimated 230,000 b/d of oil at peak.

Associated gas will be exported to the onshore Angola LNG plant.

Fifty-nine wells will be connected to the two FPSOs through what Total claims will be one of the world’s largest subsea networks.

Together, they will produce resources from the Gengibre, Gindungo, Caril, Canela, Mostarda, and Louro fields over an area of 800 sq km (309 sq mi) in the central and southern part of the block.

Total estimates Kaombo’s reserves at 650 MMbbl.

Arnaud Breuillac, the company’s President Exploration & Production, said: “Once more, this demonstrates the group’s long-term commitment to help develop the oil and gas industry in the country.

“We will continue doing so in the years to come, including by relaunching exploration in areas such as block 48.”

Total operates block 32 with a 30% interest, in partnership with Sonangol P&P (30%), Sonangol Sinopec International 32 (20%), Esso Exploration & Production Angola (Overseas) (15%) and Galp Energia Overseas Block 32 (5%).


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