Girassol, first Angola Block 17 deepwater field to produce

Girassol field, discovered in 1996, came on stream on Dec. 4, 2001; TotalFinaElf SA says production in February 2002 reached 200,000 bo/d from eight wells.Angola Block 17 has 10 discoveries that TotalFinaElf expects to develop over the next decade. Girassol, Portuguese for "sunflower," is the first field to begin producing in this deepwater block. It lies in 4,600 ft of water, about 210 km northwest of Luanda, Angola.Sonangol, the Angola state oil company, holds the concession for the field, which is operated by TotalFinaElf E&P Angola (40%) for partners Esso Exploration Angola (Block 17) Ltd. (20%), BP PLC (16.67%), Statoil (13.33%), and Norsk Hydro AS (10%).TotalFinaElf estimates that t...

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