Eni and Sonangol announced that they have started today oil production from the Ochigufu project, in Block 15/06 of Angola’s deep offshore.
The Ochigufu field is located in 1,300 meters of water and is located at 150 km west from Soyo and 380 km North West from Luanda.
The wells are connected subsea to the Sangos production system and from there tied in to the N’Goma FPSO (Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel in the West Hub of Block 15/06 (Eni 36.84 per cent, Operator; Sonangol Pesquisa e Produção 36.84 per cent; SSI Fifteen Limited 26.32 per cent).
The start-up is the first for Eni in 2018 as well as the first start-up of the year in Angola. It represents a further step in the development of the prolific Block 15/06, where Eni discovered over 3 billion barrels of oil in place and 850 million barrels of reserves.
The Ochigufu field will add 25,000 barrels to the current production levels.
Eni said in a press statement that the subsequent start-up in the 15/06 block in 2018 will be the UM8 reservoir in East Hub and the Subsea Boosting System for Mpungi field, while Vandumbu field, in West Hub is expected to start production in early 2019. These three start-ups will increase overall production by further 30,000 barrels.