Total Angola begin development of Pazflor oil project

29 August 2011

Luanda, Angola, 29 Aug – Total E&P Angola has started production at its Pazflor project, a group of oil fields located in the Angolan sea 150 kilometres from Luanda, state oil company Sonangol said Saturday.

In a statement, Sonangol said that the depth of the Pazflor fields varied between 600 and 1,200 metres and that its proven and probable reserves were estimated at 590 million barrels.

The project’s total production capacity is 220,000 barrels of oil per day, which will be achieved progressively.

Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, the document said that, “the Pazflor project is made up of an immense network of undersea facilities, the most complex ever installed in Angola,” with 180 kilometres of production line linking 49 large undersea wells.

The Pazflor FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading vessel), which is 325 metres long, 62 metres wide and weighs 120,000 tons, can store up to 1.9 million barrels inside it, the document said, adding that the associated gas that is produced is entirely injected into the Pazflor storage tanks.

Total E&P Angola is the operator of Block 17 with a stake of 40 percent, and its partners are Statoil with 23.33 percent, Esso Exploration Angola (Bloco 17) Limited with 20 percent and BP Exploration (Angola) with 16.67 percent. (macauhub)