Moho Nord, Egina, Kaombo approach
final construction phases
Largest simultaneous investment for Total in Africa
Africa accounts for around one-third of Total’s oil and gas production, and in 2015 attracted around half the company’s capital investments. It was also one of three priorities high- lighted by Chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné last year, the others being LNG and deep offshore.
While other majors have scaled back their commitments in the
continent, Total has forged ahead with three giant deep offshore
projects off Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and Angola. The Moho
Phase 1b project in Republic of Congo started up last December
and will be followed by Moho Nord in 2017. Kaombo’s two FPSOs in
block 32 offshore Angola will start up in 2017 and 2018, with Egina
offshore Nigeria projected to go onstream in 2018. All three projects
were sanctioned before the fall in the oil price, but there has never
been any question of suspending activity, according to Abiodun Afolabi, Total’s Exploration & Production Secretary General for Africa.
“Patrick Pouyanné has stated that the group will maintain its
commitments while ensuring that all three projects are profitable,”
Afolabi pointed out. “To an extent, our continued investment has
helped all three nations going through a difficult period. Kaombo,
for instance, is providing upward of 4,000 jobs in Angola during a
time of economic hardship triggered by the oil price.”
Afolabi’s mandate includes Sub-Saharan countries. Total’s pro-
duction in this region currently comes from Nigeria, Angola, Congo
and Gabon, while its discoveries onshore Uganda are under study.
The company has exploration interests in seven other countries, in-
cluding offshore Côte d’Ivoire, South Africa, and Mozambique.
In March 2013, Total and partners Chevron and state-owned
SNPC initiated two projects with a total capex of more than $10 billion that collectively represent the largest-scale development to date
offshore Republic of Congo. The first – Moho-Bilondo Phase 1b –
involved drilling 11 new subsea wells in Miocene reservoirs in the
southern part of the Moho-Bilondo license. These are tied back to
the existing floating production unit (FPU) Alima which has been
in operation since 2008 and the start-up of the Moho-Bilondo field,
exporting oil through a pipeline to the onshore terminal at Djeno. As
part of the campaign Total raised the FPU’s processing capacity by
40,000 boe/d. The company also commissioned new flowlines to import injection water from the Nkossa field barge in order to sustain
production from Phase 1 b and to send gas to Nkossa for reinjection.
Phase 1b came onstream in late 2015. Work continues on the parallel Moho Nord project in the northern part of the license in 750-1,200
m ( 2,460-3,937 ft) water depth, 75 km ( 46. 6 mi) offshore, with start-up
expected during the first half of 2017. Total is drilling 17 wells in the
The recently installed TLP at the
Moho Nord field offshore Republic
of Congo. (All photos courtesy Total)