London, UK | – French oil giant Total has commenced production from Dalia Phase 1A development located offshore Block 17, 135km off the coast of Angola.
Expected to produce 30,000 barrels a day (b/d), the Dalia Phase 1A project will have seven infill wells drilled to develop additional reserves of 51 million barrels (Mb).
The wells are tied back to the Dalia floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit. Concessionaire Sonangol Group operates four FPSO units on the production zones of the block.
Total exploration and production president Arnaud Breuillac said: “The Dalia FPSO came on stream nearly nine years ago and with the addition of Phase 1A will still produce around 200,000 b/d.
“It is the latest milestone in the success story of Block 17, Total’s most prolific license with cumulative production reaching two billion barrels in May 2015.
“These types of profitable satellite tie-back developments play an important role in maintaining production levels and generating additional free cash flow for the Group.”
Total operates the Block 17 with 40% stake while Statoil owns 23.33%. Other partners include Esso Exploration Angola Block 17 with 20% and BP Exploration Angola with 16.67% interest.
In Angola, Total also owns 30% interest in the ultra deep offshore Kaombo development located on Block 32.
The company estimates the Kaombo development to hold 650Mb of reserves.