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Total in Angola is one of the main branches of the French company, the 5th biggest energy producer in the world, present throughout the five continents, with operations in more than 130 countries and around 100,000 employees.
Pioneer and lead explorer in Angola, Total has proved all through these years its expertise in the local oil industry: Block 3; Block 17, with four major projects; and Block 32, about to start production. Several educational institutions have been the ground to breed local talents with the support of Total.
In early 50’s, a team of technicians from the Belgian group Petrofina made the first commercial discovery of oil in Angola, specifically in Benfica, on the sedimentary basin of Kwanza river, at the south of Luanda. This was the start of the oil industry in Angola. By 1952-53, Total initiated its activities in the first concession onshore, especially by the banks of Kwanza river.
The acquisition of Block 3 in shallow waters of the Angolan offshore (1980) was the first step and around ten years after we entered the deep offshore (1992) through Block 17, where we currently have four FPSOs, namely Girassol, Dalia, Pazflor and Clov. Total’s technical prowess and innovation has led to two Oil Technology Conference (OTC) awards, in 2003 and 2013. Block 32 (1999) is about to start producing in ultra deep offshore with two units: Kaombo Norte and Kaombo Sul. The #1 oil company in Angola is now working to reach the last frontier in oil exploration: the pre-salt.
The Oil Ministry, abbreviated MINPET, is part of the Country Central Administration and watches the oil sector, being responsible for implementing the national policy and for the coordination, supervision and control of the oil activities.
Sonangol — Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola, E.P. (National Society of Fuels from Angola) — is the exclusive concessionaire for the exploration of liquid and gaseous hydrocarbon, both from Angolan underground and its continental shelf, and is responsible for hydrocarbon exploration, production, manufacturing, transportation and marketing in Angola.