Total Inaugurates Pazflor Development

Pazflor Subsea Development
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The giant Pazflor development, which lies 150 kilometers offshore Luanda in Angola, was inaugurated Tuesday at a ceremony attended by José Botelho de Vasconcelos, Angola's Minister of Petroleum, Manuel Vicente, Chairman and CEO of Sonangol, Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and CEO of Total, Yves-Louis Darricarrère, President of Exploration & Production at Total; and representatives of Total and the local authorities.

"We are very proud to be inaugurating Pazflor today. With this bold project, Total has pushed back the boundaries of technology. I would like to congratulate all of our teams for making it possible to successfully complete one of the world’s most outstanding oil developments. I would also like to thank our concession holder Sonangol and our partners for their support. Following on from Girassol and Dalia, Pazflor is a new chapter in the remarkable twinned story of Total, its contractors and Angola, allowing us to successfully pursue the Block 17 adventure," Christophe de Margerie commented during the ceremony.

The field came on stream on the August 24. Output will reach 220,000 barrels per day and will make Total the leading oil operator in Angola and the African deepwater industry. This position should be cemented when the CLOV project begins production, scheduled for 2014.

Sonangol is the concession holder for Block 17, which is operated by Total E&P Angola, a wholly owned Total subsidiary, with a 40% interest. The other partners are Statoil ASA (23.33%), Esso Exploration Angola (Block 17) Limited (20%) and BP Exploration (Angola) Ltd (16.67%).

Pazflor facts and figures: a people-led technological feat

  • As many as 4,500 people on four different continents were involved in the project at the same time, for a total of 32 million hours worked, including 3.6 million in Angola. The global investment was approximately $9 billion.
  • At 325 meters long and 62 meters wide and weighing 120,000 tons, the Pazflor FPSO is the world’s largest floating production, storage and offloading vessel. Held in position by 16 subsea mooring connectors, the FPSO can store up to 1.9 million barrels in its hull and accommodate a total of 240 people.
  • A water depth of up to 1,200 meters and an aggregate depth of 2,700 meters.
  • The gigantic subsea gathering system covers 600 square kilometers, six times the area of Paris.
  • With 49 wells, 180 kilometers of flowlines and 10,000 tons of equipment on the seabed, the system is remarkable not only for its size, but also for its technical complexity.
  • Pazflor’s 590 million barrels of proved and probable reserves make it an "elephant".

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