France's Total was awarded Angola's Block 48, where it plans to drill a 3600-metre well, just five months ago in an initial effort by the Angolan government to revive the country’s moribund deep-water exploration scene.

The block is located in the ultra-deep water Lower Congo basin adjacent to Total’s Block 32, which hosts the Kaombo North and South projects.

The key plays are thought to be Miocene and Oligocene channels and lobes. Angola's state oil company Sonangol has noted the asset hosts large prospects “in the block’s outer fold belt and abyssal plain” while “there has been hydrocarbon generation from post-salt sources and pathways for migration have been identified”.