Kaombo, the energy of the future

KAOMBO is the spice that will give us more and better energy. It’s a new frontier in Angolan oil and gas industry

  • FPSO KAOMBO NORTE

    FPSO KAOMBO NORTE

  • First Steel Cut, Petromar yard, Ambriz, Angola

    First Steel Cut in Angola

  • First Steel Cut in Sembawang yard

    First Steel Cut in Sembawang, Singapura

  • Egersund Aker Solutions yard

    Egersund yard, Aker Solutions, Norway

  • Sonamet Yard in Angola

    Angolan yard Sonamet

  • worker at yard

    Local worker in Angolan yard

  • Yard Petromar Worker

    Yard Petromar assemblage modules

  • Paenal worker, Porto Amboim, Kwanza-Sul yard

    Paenal work yard in Angola

Next Prev
  • FPSO KAOMBO NORTE
  • First Steel Cut, Petromar yard, Ambriz, Angola
  • First Steel Cut in Sembawang yard
  • Egersund Aker Solutions yard
  • Sonamet Yard in Angola
  • worker at yard
  • Yard Petromar Worker
  • Paenal worker, Porto Amboim, Kwanza-Sul yard

Kaombo is the name of a round chili pepper widely used in Angola and it’s mildly hot. It is also the name of the project that will bring new energy to Angola and Total. The spicy name is appropriate for a project like Kaombo, given its geological and technical challenges such as the abyssal depths, the presence of innumerous geological accidents, salt structures in Block 32 subsurface and to the reservoir dispersion in an 800 km² area.

Kaombo, an ultra-deep offshore project

Kaombo is a very challenging project.

Located in Block 32, approximately 260 km offshore from Luanda in water depths ranging from 1,400 to 1,950 meters. The development includes 6 fields with estimated reserves of 660 million barrels located in the central and southeast part of the Block. The reserves will be produced through one of the biggest subsea networks in the world, linked on surface to two turret moored converted FPSOs, a first for Total with an overall production capacity of 230,000 barrels per day. There is another first for Total: the project will be D1B2 - meaning design 1 and build 2.The first FPSO, Kaombo Norte, will develop 3 of 6 discoveries, namely Gengibre, Gindungo and Caril and production start-up is expected in 2018. The second FPSO, Kaombo Sul, will handle Canela, Mostarda and Louro fields and production is expected in the same year.

Total is the operator of Block 32, with a 30% stake, alongside Sonangol P&P (30%), Sonangol Sinopec International (20%), Esso Exploration and Production Angola (Overseas) Limited (15%) and Galp Energia (5%).

Safety for workers and for the environment

HSE (Hygiene, Safety and Environment) it’s a priority for Total around the world and in this huge project it’s a must. A specific HSE strategy was adopted for the project, involving every stakeholder and their best practices, called “HSE FOCUS - Forging Our Culture in Safety”.

50 million man-hours worldwide will be performed until start of production in 2017. We are talking about 5 continents: Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe, more than 20 countries, more than 7,000 workers (at peak activity, between Total, contractors and subcontractors) in several yards in Angola and abroad.

The project will minimize the environmental impact   by exporting the associated gas to an onshore gas plant and using a specific program for waste management onshore and offshore. Total requires to all contractors and subcontractors to fulfill the Quality/Management standards and uses a supply chain with many levels to allow a precise monitoring.

An exceptional Local Content strategy

Kaombo project is one of the biggest in terms of local content investment surpassing 2 billion dollars, representing the highest level of local content achieved in country.

Indeed 84 thousand tons of structures and equipments will be built in national yards, representing 14 million man-hours. This allows Angola yards to reinforce competences and keep a good international recognition. The local content strategy was defined by Total and Sonangol (the concessionaire) with a strong participation of local contractors to ensure fair competition and workload distribution. Total has been working in deep offshore in Guinea Gulf for the last 15 years; it has been very enriching times. After all these years of experience Total has created a background in Angola that allows today’s decision making.

Share this project