BP’s Greater Plutonio floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel offshore Angola has produced 600 million barrels of oil.
The UK-based super-major operates Block 18, home of the FPSO, working with China’s Sinopec. BP said the milestone had come despite challenges thrown up by travel restrictions stemming from COVID-19.
“This remarkable achievement required an incredible One Team mindset not just throughout bp to deliver, but our close working relationships with our contractors, the concessionaire and Sinopec, to support our plans to deliver value,” said BP Angola’s senior vice president Adriano Bastos.
“There will be many business and operational issues ahead to achieve the next production milestone but with our team’s resilience, I’m sure that we will continue to deliver value for Angola and bp.”
The company went on to say that water injection performance had improved. Furthermore, it reported progress on flaring.
BP went on to note its plans for the Platina project, in addition to potential infill wells. Current throughput is around 76,000 barrels per day.
The company reported achieving the 500 million barrels mark in December 2016. The FPSO reached first oil in October 2007. The FPSO handles crude from five fields: Cobalto, Plutonio, Paladio, Cromio and Galio. When the project was launched, reserves were estimated at around 750 million barrels.
Platina is the next development of the block. BP awarded an integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (iEPCI) contract to TechnipFMC in March for Platina. BP expects production to start in late 2021 or 2022.
CGG acquired 4D seismic over the Greater Plutonio development in late 2019.