The CLOV FPSO at Block 17. Image courtesy of Thierry Gonzales/Total.

France’s Total celebrated two billion barrels of production on Tuesday from its deepwater Block 17 in offshore Angola.

The block, located 93 miles off Angola’s coast, has produced a cumulative two billion barrels since production began in December 2001.

Total currently operates four FPSO units on the major production zones of the block: Girassol, Dalia, Pazflor and CLOV.

With the recent start up of CLOV, Block 17 has become Total’s most prolific site, with production reaching over 700,000 barrels per day.

CLOV started up last June and is set to develop proven and probable reserves of over 500 million barrels.

Developing four fields (Cravo, Lirio, Orquidea and Violeta), CLOV will include 34 wells and 8 manifolds connected by 111 miles of subsea pipelines to an FPSO unit at water depths of 3,280 feet to 4,593 feet.

“Block 17 is a global benchmark in the deep offshore and represents a unique industrial adventure, with 15 discoveries and a very high level of production. Thanks to the commitment of our teams and a number of technological world firsts over the past 14 years, the production of Block 17 has continuously ramped up,” Total’s president of exploration and production Arnaud Breuillac said.

Total operates Block 17 with a 40 percent interest.

Norway’s Statoil holds a 23.33 percent stake, Esso Exploration Angola Block 17 Ltd holds a 20 percent stake and BP Exploration Angola Ltd holds a 16.67 percent stake.

Angola’s Sonangol is the concessionaire of the license.

Total celebrated its 60th anniversary in Angola in 2013 and is the largest oil operator in the country.


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