Kaombo: An ambitious ultra-deep-water offshore project

Project type: Ultra-deepwater offshore
Operator: Total (30%)
Partners: Sonangol P&P, Sonangol Sinopec International, Esso, Galp
Start date: 2017

230,000
barrels/day: Kaombo’s estimated oil production capacity
Kaombo Kaombo

Launched in April 2014, Kaombo is the first project on the ultra-deepwater offshore Block 32, located off the Angolan coast. Its estimated 660-million-barrel reserves span a distinct system of reservoirs at water depths reaching 1,950 meters.

Ultra-deepwater offshore development in Angola

At depths of 1,400 to 1,950 meters, the Kaombo project lies in ultra-deep offshore waters. It aims to tap oil deposits spread across six fields in the southeastern section of Block 32 with 800 square kilometers. Approximately 300 kilometers of subsea pipelines will connect the fields to two Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) units. For the first time, we are building our FPSO's by converting crude oil carriers instead of ordering new vessels as we have done in the Block 17.

First oil is expected in 2017. Our two FPSO units, each with a treatment capacity of 115,000 barrels per day, will process, store and offload the production.

Another defining characteristic of the project is its strong local industrial input. Approximately 14 million hours of work will be performed locally in Angola, an unprecedented figure for a project in this country.

Angola: Deep offshore exploration in Kaombo
Angola : exploration en offshore très profond à Kaombo
Angola : exploration en offshore très profond à Kaombo

Located in Angola, Kaombo is a deep offshore project dedicated to developing oil deposits spread across 6 different fields. The fields are connected via 300 km of subsea pipelines to two floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) units: Kaombo Norte and Kaombo Sul.