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Total Starts Up Production of Kaombo Offshore Project

| Editor: Alexander Stark

Total decided not to build new FPSO vessels for this project. Instead, two oil tankers were converted into FPSO units with internal turret.
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Total decided not to build new FPSO vessels for this project. Instead, two oil tankers were converted into FPSO units with internal turret. (Source: Total/ Olivier RAPHAEL)

Total has started up production of Kaombo, currently the biggest deep offshore development in Angola, 260 km off the coast of the country's capital, Luanda.

Paris/France — Kaombo Norte, the first Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit, has been brought on stream and will produce an estimated 115,000 barrels of oil per day, while the second one, Kaombo Sul, is expected to start up next year. The overall production will reach an estimated 230,000 barrels of oil per day at peak and the associated gas will be exported to the Angola LNG plant. A total of 59 wells will be connected to the two FPSOs, both of which are converted Very Large Crude Carriers, through one of the world’s largest subsea networks. Together, they will develop the resources of six different fields (Gengibre, Gindungo, Caril, Canela, Mostarda and Louro) over an area of 800 km2 in the central and southern part of the block.

According to Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production at Total, the development of the estimated 650 million barrels of reserves will contribute to the Group’s growing production and cashflow in Africa. The project will account for 15 % of the country’s oil production.

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

In addition to the Kaombo project on Block 32, the French company also operates Block 17 (with a 40 % interest) where an investment decision was recently taken on the Zinia 2 project.

Total is also a partner in Blocks 14 (2 0%), 14K (36.75 %) and 0 (10 %), as well as Angola LNG (13.6 %). Last May, thegGroup signed a risk service agreement with Sonangol for the deepwater Block 48 exploration license, which Total will operate.

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