Total proceeds with CLOV development off Angola

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Aug. 11
-- Total SA reported it will develop Cravo, Lirio, Orquidea, and Violeta (CLOV) fields on Block 17 off Angola.

The fields lie in 1,100-1,400 m of water and Total expects drilling to start in 2012 with first oil in 2014.

The CLOV project is about 140 km from Luanda and 40 km northwest from the producing Dalia field.

The development plan calls for 34 subsea wells tied back to a floating production, storage, and offloading vessels. The CLOV FPSO will have a 160,000 b/d oil processing capacity and be capable of storing 1.78 million bbl.

The fields will produce two types oil: a light 32-35° gravity oil from Oligocene reservoirs in Cravo and Lirio and a 20-30° gravity, more viscous oil from Miocene reservoirs in Orquidea and Violeta. Total plans to commingle both oil streams and process the stream in a single train before storage. Total estimates that the fields contain about 500 million bbl of proved and probable oil reserves.

CLOV is the fourth deepwater project on Block 17 and will use technologies proven on the previous projects in the block. The two previous projects that are producing are Girassol, which also includes Jasmin and Rosa fields, and Dalia. The Pazflor project is under construction and Total expects oil production from the project to start in second-half 2011. Pazflor will produce the Perpetua, Acacia, Zinia, and Hortensia discoveries.

Total E&P Angola operates Block 17 and has a 40% interest. Partners include Statoil 23.33%, Esso Exploration Angola (Block 17) Ltd. 20%, and BP Exploration (Angola) Ltd. 16.67%.

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