Kaombo, the energy of the future
KAOMBO is the spice that gives us more and better energy. It’s a new frontier in Angolan oil and gas industry.
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 brings new energy to Angola and to 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.
FPSO KAOMBO NORTE
First Steel Cut in Angola
First Steel Cut in Sembawang, Singapura
Egersund yard, Aker Solutions, Norway
Angolan yard Sonamet
Local worker in Angolan yard
Yard Petromar assemblage modules
Paenal work yard in Angola
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 658 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 D1B2* turret moored converted FPSO, a first for Total, with an overall production capacity of 230,000 barrels per day. The first FPSO, Kaombo Norte, is developing 3 of 6 discoveries, namely Gengibre, Gindungo and Caril and production start-up was on July 27th 2018. The second FPSO, Kaombo Sul, will handle Canela, Mostarda and Louro fields and production is expected in 2019.
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%).
*Design one, build two
Safety for workers and for the environment
HSE (Hygiene, Safety and Environment) is 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”.
The project minimizes the environmental impact by exporting the associated gas to ALNG* - 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.
*Angola Liquefied Natural Gas
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 ever achieved in Country.
Indeed, around 84 thousand tons of structures and equipment will be built in national yards, representing more 19 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 NOC) 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 20 years; it has been very enriching times. After all these years of experience, Total has created a background in Angola that ensures its leadership as a premium oil & gas operator.