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The Dalia FPSO. Image courtesy of aukevisser.nl.

France’s Total kicked off production on Tuesday at Dalia Phase 1A, a new deepwater development in offshore Angola.

Dalia Phase 1A is located in deep offshore operated Block 17, about 83 miles off the coast of Angola.

Total expects Dalia Phase 1A to develop additional reserves of 51 million barrels and contribute 30,000 barrels per day to the block’s production.

“The Dalia FPSO came on stream nearly nine years ago and with the addition of Phase 1A will still produce around 200,000 b/d. It is the latest milestone in the success story of Block 17, Total’s most prolific license with cumulative production reaching two billion barrels in May 2015,” Total exploration and production president Arnaud Breuillac said.

The Dalia Phase 1A project involves the drilling of seven infill wells tied back to the Dalia Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit.

Total operates Block 17 with a 40 percent interest alongside Norway’s Statoil with 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.

Sonangol is the concessionaire of the license.

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