Total launches Clov development on Angola Block 17

AS OPERATOR OF of Block 17, Total announced the launch of development of the Clov project and the awards of the principal contracts. This project is the fourth development pole in Angola's deep offshore Block 17, after Girassol, Dalia and Pazflor.

Drilling will start in 2012 and first oil is expected in 2014.

Located approximately 140 km from Luanda and 40 km northwest of Dalia in water depths ranging from 1,100 to 1,400 m, the Clov development will lead to the four fields - Cravo, Lirio, Orquidea and Violeta – coming on stream. The proved and probable reserves are estimated at approximately 500 million barrels of oil.

Yves-Louis Darricarrère, President of Total Exploration & Production, declared, "After Girassol, Dalia and Pazflor, the launch of the Clov development is a new milestone in Total's long history in Angola demonstrating the technological capability that we have to successfully manage major projects."

The overall development plan for Clov uses technologies that have already proven effective on Girassol, Dalia and Pazflor. A total of 34 subsea wells will be tied back to the Clov FPSO unit, which will have a processing capacity of 160,000 bopd and a storage capacity of approximately 1.8mn barrels. The Clov FPSO, through a unique processing and storage system, will produce two types of oil: one with a 32 to 35° API gravity from the Oligocene reservoirs (Cravo-Lirio) and the other, more viscous, with a 20 to 30° API gravity from the Miocene reservoirs (Orquidea-Violeta).

The installations have been designed to limit environmental impact. Measures include eliminating flaring under normal operating conditions, recovering heat from turbine exhaust and recovering vent gases.

A significant part of the CLOV development will be carried out in Angola, as part of Total's commitment to increasing local content in its projects.

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