Total begins CLOV development on deepwater Block 17 offshore Angola

By Phaedra Friend Troy

French producer Total (NYSE:TOT) has launched the development of the CLOV project by awarding principal engineering and construction contracts.

Located in the deepwaters offshore Angola, the CLOV development will incorporate four fields: Cravo, Lirio, Orquidea and Violeta. Situated on the highly prolific Block 17 in waters measuring from 1,110 to 1,400 meters deep, this is the fourth development on the block behind Girassol, Dalia and Pazflor.

Tapping technologies that have proven successful at the other Block 17 projects, CLOV will be developed via 34 subsea wells tied to an FPSO. The CLOV FPSO will have a production capacity of 160,000 barrels of oil per day and a storage capacity of 1.8 million barrels.

Additionally, the FPSO will be able to process two types of oil. From the Oligocene reservoirs on the Cravo and Lirio fields, the FPSO will process 32 to 35 degree API oil; and from the Miocene reservoirs on the Orquidea and Violeta fields, the vessel will process the more viscous 20 to 30 degree API oil.

With development drilling slated for 2012, Total expects to achieve first production by 2014.

Total serves as the operator of Block 17 with 40 percent interest. Project partners include Statoil with 23.33 percent, Esso with 20 percent and BP with 16.67 percent.

Total is also the operator of the ultra-deepwater Block 32, which has been proven through numerous discoveries and is currently in the conceptual development stage.

Furthermore, Total holds interest in Angola LNG, which is currently in the process of construction an LNG liquefaction plant in the country. Angola LNG is scheduled to start-up in 2012, using natural gas production from CLOV, as well as other resources.



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