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Total starts up 2nd FPSO off Angola

Apr 02, 2019
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Total has started up production on Kaombo Sul, the second Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit of the Kaombo project, located on Block 32, 260 km off the coast of Luanda, Angola.

Eight months after its sister ship, Kaombo Norte, came on stream, Kaombo Sul will add 115,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) and bring the overall production capacity to 230,000 bopd, equivalent to 15 per cent of the country’s production. The associated gas from Kaombo Sul will be exported to the Angola LNG plant.

“Leveraging the experience of Kaombo Norte, Kaombo Sul started up in the best possible conditions. This second FPSO stands out as an excellent example of standardization to reduce costs and improve efficiency. Its start-up will contribute to the Group’s cash flow and production growth in 2019 and beyond,” stated Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production at Total. “This achievement demonstrates once again Total’s commitment to Angola, as the Group develops short cycle projects on Block 17 in parallel and prepares to drill an exploration well on Block 48.”

The full Kaombo development consists of six fields spread over an area of 800 km2. Gengibre, Gindungo and Caril were connected to the Kaombo Norte FPSO which started up last year, while the three fields, Mostarda, Canela and Louro, have now been connected to Kaombo Sul.

Total operates Block 32 with a 30 per cent participating interest, along with Sonangol P&P (30 per cent), Sonangol Sinopec International 32 Limited (20 per cent), Esso Exploration & Production Angola (Overseas) Limited (15 per cent) and Galp Energia Overseas Block 32 B.V. (5 per cent).

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