PARIS – Oil flow has started at the Pazflor field offshore Angola in block 17 reports operator Total. With reserves estimated at 590 MMbbl, production is expected to ramp up to 220,000 b/d.
Pazflor is 150 km (93 mi) offshore Luanda in water depths from 600 to 1,200 m (1,968 to 3,940 ft). It has 180 km (112 mi) of subsea lines that tie in 49 subsea wells to an FPSO. The production system features subsea gas/liquids separation units and pumps to move the viscous oil to the surface.
Total E&P Angola is operator with 40% and Sonangol holds the concession. Other partners are Statoil ASA, 23.3%; Esso Exploration Angola (Block 17) Ltd., 20%; and BP Exploration (Angola) Ltd., 16.67%.