By Phaedra Friend Troy
Total (TOT) discovered its second oil field in the deep waters of Block 17/06 offshore Angola. Production tests of the discovery well, Begonia-1, flows high-quality, 36-degree API oil at a rate of more than 6,000 barrels per day from the Miocene formation.
Drilled in waters measuring 453 meters deep, the Begonia-1 discovery well is located on the northeastern section of Angola's Block 17/06. This is the second discovery on the block; the first was the Gardenia-1 well.
Sonangol is the concessionaire of the block, and Total serves as the operator of Block 17/06 through its subsidiary TEPA (Block 17/06) Limited with 30 percent interest. Partners on the block include Sonangol Pesquisa e Producao with 30 percent interest, Sonangol Sinopec International Seventeen Limited with 27.5 percent interest, ACREP Bloco 17 with 5 percent interest, Falcon Oil Holding Angola with 5 percent interest, and PARTEX Oil and Gas with the remaining 2.5 percent interest.