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CLOV, the asset that enhanced our leadership

Innovative and efficient, Clov FPSO was named after the four oil fields it processes, namely Cravo, Lírio, Orquídea and Violeta. For the Group, it fully completes our Golden Block oil production capacity in Angola, enhancing our leadership.

In the name of efficiency

It all started with the first-oil ahead of time and within budget, Total's fourth floating production, storage and offloading vessel in Block 17 of the Angolan offshore came on stream in June 2014 and features three main innovations: a Variable Speed Drive to produce the energy it needs, turning it into the second all-electric FPSO; helico-axial subsea multiphase pumps to improve the oil recovery rate; and a wash tank in the hull for oil/ water separation and to minimize naphtenate deposition, all these features ensure the efficiency of the facility.  

160,000 barrels daily

The Clov FPSO is located 140 km northwest of Luanda in water up to 1,400 metres deep in offshore, with a cumulative development area of 381 km2. With a processing capacity of 160,000 barrels of oil per day, Total's fourth FPSO in Angola can store up to 1.78 million barrels of oil in a structure 305 meters long by 61 meters wide, and can accommodate a crew of up to 140 people.

Making History in Angola and abroad

It was the first vessel of its kind to be partly built in Angola, in the Porto Amboim municipality, in Cuanza Sul province, which is now one of the regions in the Angola oil industry. It has two yards and is where the CLOV water treatment module was built and assembled. In 2015, the CLOV project won the Excellence in Project Integration Award at the International Petroleum Technology Conference in Doha (Qatar).

A model of knowledge transfer

Besides the water treatment module, CLOV project relied heavily on Angola man power showing that knowledge is appropriately being transferred to the local work force with 9 million man-hours. Some of the Christmas trees manufactured in Scotland were assembled in Luanda. Seven out of eight manifolds were entirely manufactured in Sonamet shipyard in Lobito (Benguela) in Angola. All of the subsea cables, three risers and a part of the discharge buoy were also manufactured locally. It is not our biggest production unit in Block 17 but it has hugely contributed to our search for better energy locally.

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