Partners Total E&P Congo, Chevron Overseas (Congo) Ltd., and Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo have started production from the deepwater Moho Bilondo Phase 1b development offshore the Republic of Congo.
Located 46 miles (75 kilometers) off the coast of Pointe-Noire in water depths ranging from 2,400 feet to 4,000 feet (750 meters to 1,200 meters), Moho Bilondo Phase 1b is part of the Moho Nord joint development project. The Moho Bilondo Phase 1b project includes 11 wells tied back to an existing floating production unit and is expected to produce a total of 40,000 barrels of oil per day.
The Phase 1b development targeted reserves in the southern portion of the Moho Bilondo permit area. The Moho Nord subsea development, which will be the second phase of the Moho Nord joint development project, is in the northern part of the area.
The Moho Nord development project involves a tension-leg platform, a floating production unit with a processing capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil per day, and a 50-mile (80-kilometer) pipeline to the onshore Djeno Terminal.
Total E&P Congo has a 53.5% working interest in the Moho Bilondo permit area and is the operator; Chevron Overseas (Congo) Ltd. has a 31.5% working interest; and the national oil company, Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo, has a 15% working interest.