The Dalia floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel has produced 1 billion barrels of oil, offshore Angola.
The facility is on Block 17, which has produced around 3bn barrels of oil, Agência Nacional de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustíveis (ANPG) said.
The regulator reported the Dalia FPSO milestone had been reached in July. It began producing in 2006. ANPG said Dalia had not recorded any lost time incidents, which it attributed to the health and safety commitments of its owners.
The block is operated by Total E&P Angola, with Equinor, ExxonMobil, BP and Sonangol P&P also involved.
There are 84 wells on Dalia, with production at around 142,000 barrels per day. The facility peaking in April 2010 at 288,872 bpd.
“We are truly satisfied with the ‘Golden’ Block 17, which we will continue to explore safely until 2045, thanks to the extension of the license that was recently granted to us by the [ANPG],” said Total’s country manager Olivier Jouny. He went on to pay tribute to the teamwork involved in reaching this point, saying the company was “truly proud”.
ANPG’s president Paulino Jeronimo said the achievement confirmed the appeal of the Angolan oil industry. “Milestones such as this, reached by the contracting groups operating in Angola, demonstrate that the sector continues to work towards a successful future.”
Total has awarded work for more production at the FPSO, under its Dalia Phase 3 plan. This is expected to start up in early 2021. Phase 3 is expected to add 30,000 bpd of output.
In combination with Zinia Phase 2 and CLOV Phase 2, these works should maintain Block 17’s production above 400,000 bpd until 2023.