The project marks the fourth development pole in Angola’s deep offshore Block 17, after Girassol, Dalia and Pazflor. CLOV’s development plan uses technologies that have already proven effective on Girassol, Dalia and Pazflor.
Drilling will start in 2012 and first oil is expected in 2014. The proved and probable reserves are estimated at approximately 500 million barrels of oil.
The CLOV development will lead to the four fields - Cravo, Lirio, Orquidea and Violeta – coming on stream.
Yves-Louis Darricarrère, President of Total Exploration & Production, said: “After Girassol, Dalia and Pazflor, the launch of the CLOV development is a new milestone in Total’s long history in Angola demonstrating the technological capability that we have to successfully manage major projects”.
A total of 34 subsea wells will be tied back to the CLOV Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit, which will have a processing capacity of 160,000 barrels of oil per day and a storage capacity of approximately 1.8 million barrels.
The CLOV FPSO will produce two types of oil: one with a 32 to 35° API gravity from the Oligocene reservoirs and the other with a 20 to 30° API gravity from the Miocene reservoirs.
The installations have been designed to limit environmental impact. Measures include eliminating flaring under normal operating conditions, recovering heat from turbine exhaust and recovering vent gases.
A significant part of the CLOV development will be carried out in Angola, as part of Total’s commitment to increasing local content in its projects.
The Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Total E&P Angola, operates Block 17, with a 40 percent interest, alongside Statoil (23.33 percent), Esso Exploration Angola (Block 17) Limited (20 percent) and BP Exploration (Angola) Ltd. (16.67 percent).
Edited by Chris Farnell