Total starts offshore development unit in Angola

fpso dirkjan flickrFrench oil company Total has started operating a major offshore development unit, CLOV, in Angola, which has a capacity of 160,000 bpd

CLOV, located 140km offshore Luanda, is a floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) on Block 17 and is expected to develop proven and probable oil reserves exceeding 500mn barrels, according to Bloomberg. The FPSO is also expected to generate US$1.5bn in cash flow annually for three years.

Arnaud Breuillac, president of exploration and production at Total, said, "CLOV is a flagship project for Total. Along with three other developments, it will contribute to increasing production at Block 17 to 700,000 bpd while generating significant free cash flow for the company."

After Girassol, Dalia and Pazflor, CLOV is the fourth FPSO unit on Block 17. Breuillac added that, at 700,000 bpd, the block is touted to become Total’s most prolific production site, which would help bring the company a step closer to achieving production potential of three million bpd by 2017.

CLOV comprises of 34 wells and eight manifolds, connected by 180km of subsea pipelines to an FPSO unit at water depths of 1,100m to 1,400m. CLOV is 305m long and 61m wide with storage capacity of 1.8mmbbl of oil. The gas produced on CLOV will be exported via a subsea line to the onshore Angola LNG liquefaction plant, added reports.

Sources stated that a subsea multi-phase pump system will be used deep offshore to enable production of two different oil qualities from the Oligocene and Miocene reservoirs. This system will be used to boost the commingled fluid and enhance oil recovery – a first for Total at this depth.

The FPSO design minimises its environmental footprint, with zero flaring under normal operating conditions and an all-electric concept to increase on-site energy efficiency by producing only the quantity of electricity required to operate the facilities, added reports.

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