Total starts up Moho add-on project offshore Congo

Offshore staff

PARIS – Total has brought onstream the Moho Phase 1b project, 75 km (47 mi) offshore Pointe-Noire in the Republic of the Congo. This is designed to produce up to 40,000 boe/d. 

This is the company’s ninth start-up since the beginning of the year, according to Arnaud Breuillac, president exploration & production. “It follows the start-up of Dalia Phase 1A on Angola’s block 17 in July…and more recently, the Lianzi field which straddles the deep offshore of Congo and Angola.”

Moho Phase 1b, in water depths ranging from 750-1,200 m (2,460-3,937 ft), involves drilling 11 subsea wells and two subsea multi-phase pumps claimed to be the most powerful installed anywhere to date.

The field is tied back to the floating production unit on the Moho Bilondo field, which has been producing since 2008.

Work continues on the nearby Moho Nord development, which will add a further 100,000 boe/d of capacity.

Moho Phase 1b and Moho Nord are both part of the Moho Bilondo license operated by Total E&P Congo, in partnership with Chevron Overseas (Congo) and the Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo (15.0%).


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