By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 10 -- ExxonMobil Corp. unit Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) Ltd. has started oil production from the Kizomba C development on Block 15, about 90 miles off Angola. Kizomba C, which is designed to develop 600 million bbl of oil from the Mondo, Saxi and Batuque fields, lies in 2,400 ft of water.
The Kizomba C development has come on stream with Mondo field; Saxi and Batuque fields are expected to come on stream in 2008.
Mondo is expected to plateau at a peak production rate of 100,000 b/d. Plateau production from all three fields is expected to reach a total 200,000 b/d.
The Kizomba C development includes two floating production, storage, and offloading vessels and 36 subsea wells. The Kizomba C FPSO vessels are the fourth and fifth offshore production hubs on Block 15.
Esso Angola serves as operator of Block 15, holding 40% interest. Its other block partners are BP Exploration (Angola) Ltd. 26.67%, Eni Angola Exploration BV 20%, and StatoilHydro Angola 13.33%.