Deep-water discoveries in Angolan offshore total 101
Angola’s deep-water areas have yielded 101 substantial oil discoveries, of which 35 have been brought into production through 13 development complexes, Martin Quinlan writes
Angola's deep waters continue to reward the
world’s bolder explorers. With the drilling focus
having shifted to areas awarded in 2006, the total of
substantial oil discoveries has increased to 101. Driving the
drill-bit in coming years will be the offshore pre-salt exploration areas,
awarded in 2011.
After several slack years, when many projects stalled,
development work is also seeing progress. There are 10 fields
under development in deep-water areas, to add to the 35 already
flowing. Next year should see the start-up of Total’s four-field Clov
complex in Block 17 and Eni’s three-field West Hub
development in Block 15/06, together adding a peak of 240,000
barrels a day (b/d), while 2015 should see first oil from the
second phase of ExxonMobil’s Kizomba
satellites development in Block 15 and from Chevron’s Lianzi, in waters
shared with Congo (Brazzaville).
This year and...