Chevron Corp.'s subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Co. Ltd. (CABGOC) began oil production from the Belize field in deepwater block 14 offshore Angola.
The Benguela, Belize, Lobito, and Tomboco fields form the BBLT Development, one of Chevron's "Big 5" projects.
BBLT is the first of the Big 5 projects to reach this significant production milestone.
The BBLT Development, located approximately 50 mi (80 km) offshore in approximately 1,300 ft (396 m) of water, is being developed in two phases.
Phase 1 -- Benguela Belize -- combines an integrated drilling and production platform hub facility supported by a compliant piled tower.
The compliant piled tower is the first application of this structural technology outside the US GoM.
Phase 2 -- Lobito Tomboco -- will produce via subsea wells tied into the central production hub.
"Production will continue to ramp up as additional planned wells and fields are brought into production over the next two years.
"The project's daily peak production is expected to reach about 200,000 b/d of oil," said Jim Blackwell, Chevron's managing director of the Southern Africa strategic business unit.
The BBLT facilities were constructed in Angola, Korea, Europe, and the US, and have been successfully installed and commissioned.
CABGOC is the operator of the block 14 contractor group, which is comprised of the following companies:
Sonangol Pesquisa & Producao, SARL (20%);
ENI Angola Exploration BV (20%);
TotalFinaElf E&P, Angola (20%); and
Galp-Exploracao e Producao Petrolifera Ltd. (9%).