Total in Clov launch

Producing: the Clov FPSO shown earlier at quayside of Paenal yard in Angola

Total has launched production from its deep-water Clov field cluster project in prolific Block 17 off Angola.

The project – comprising the Cravo, Lirio, Orquidea and Violeta fields – is the fourth major field development scheme to be brought online in the block operated by the French supermajor.

The new field complex, with proven and probable reserves of 500 million barrels and production capacity of 160,000 barrels per day, is set to boost Total’s output from the offshore block to 700,000 bpd.

Clov is being developed using 34 subsea wells tied back via 180 kilometres of flowlines to a floating production, storage and offloading vessel with 1.8 million barrels of storage capacity, which is operating in water depths of between 1100 and 1400 metres.

The other three fields in the block – Girassol, Dalia and Pazflor – are also being tapped using FPSOs.

“Clov is a flagship project for Total. It demonstrates the group’s capacity to successfully start up projects on time and within budget while mastering cutting-edge deep offshore technologies and keeping safety and environment a top priority,” said Total’s exploration & production chief Arnaud Breuillac.

He added the output boost from the latest field project, located 140 kilometres off the capital Luanda, would bring Total a step closer to its production goal of 3 million bpd by 2017.

Produced gas from Clov will be exported via a subsea line to the Angola LNG liquefaction plant.

Total operates the block with a 40% interest, with partners Statoil (23.33%), ExxonMobil (20%) and BP (16.67%).

The French giant is now working on development of its ultra-deepwater Kaombo field in Block 32 off the West African country, having sanctioned investment earlier this year, and intends to use two FPSOs to tap the field’s oil reserves of 650 million barrels.

Total is also targeting pre-salt discoveries with exploration drilling across three blocks in the deep-water Kwanza basin off Angola.

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