Moho Nord: An industrial and human challenge in the Republic of the Congo

Production type: Oil
Project type: Deep offshore
Operator: Total (53,5 %)
Partners: Chevron(31.5%), Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo (15%)
Start dates: Moho phase 1bis in 2015, Moho Nord in 2017

140,000
barrels/day: The Moho Nord project’s production plateau
barrels/day: the Moho Nord project’s production plateau
Operator on the tension-leg platform (TLP), Moho Nord project, Republic of the Congo Exploitant sur la TLP (plateforme à ancres tendues), projet Moho Nord, République du Congo

Moho Nord is a deep offshore oil project situated 75 kilometers off the Congolese coast. It came on stream in March 2017 and is the largest oil project ever undertaken in the Republic of the Congo. A showcase for Total’s deep offshore operating expertise and a hub for cutting-edge technology, the Moho Nord project consolidates our leadership position in Africa.

A Joint Development For Two Distinct Geological Environments

60%
of the Congo’s oil production comes from Moho Nord

Moho Nord is a vast project operated by Total to produce untapped reserves in the Moho-Bilondo license block, which covers an area of 320 kilometers and four reservoirs situated at water depths of 750 to 1,200 meters. Two of the block’s reservoirs started producing oil back in 2008 using the Alima floating production unit (FPU).

The Moho Nord project saw the launch of the field’s second development stage:

  • During Moho Phase 1bis, in 2015, the Alima FPU was upgraded and connected to nine new wells. The redevelopment enabled us to increase production by 40,000 barrels per day.
  • Moho Nord was launched in 2017 to tap into the two remaining reservoirs, which contain different quality oils and are situated at different water depths in a total of 33 wells. To produce oil from the Albian reservoir situated at water depths of 3,000 meters, we built a tension-leg platform (TLP), the first one to be installed by Total in Africa. The oil situated closer to the seabed, in the Miocene reservoir, is produced directly by the Likouf FPU, the first all-electric FPU. Unlike other FPUs, Likouf can process the two different types of oil from the Miocene and Albian reservoirs, separating the crude from the water and gas before exporting it by pipeline to the onshore Djéno terminal. 

Together, Moho Phase 1bis and Moho Nord produce 140,000 barrels of oil per day, representing more than half of the country’s total oil production.

A Showcase For Innovation And Technology

The Moho Nord project has resulted in a number of technological firsts.

Designed to produce different types of oil from different geographical reservoirs, Moho Nord was a major technical challenge from day one.

Moho Nord: Innovation in the exploration of complex deepwater reserves
  • Vue d'ensemble FPU Likouf et  Tension Leg Platform ( TLP ). Projet Moho Nord
    Moho Nord, l’unique projet deep offshore à coupler deux types de supports flottants : un FPU et une TLP situés à 350 mètres de distance.
    Moho Nord is the only deep offshore project to combine two types of floating units, an FPU and a TLP, situated 350 meters apart.
  • Vue d'ensemble du FPU Likouf , Projet Moho Nord
    L’unité de production flottante Likouf, 1er FPU 100% électrique. Il est capable de traiter simultanément deux types d’huile différents.
    The all-electric Likouf FPU can process two different types of oil at the same time.
  • Vue d'ensemble de la Tension Leg Platform ( TLP ) au crépuscule, Projet Moho Nord
    La TLP construite pour Moho Nord est la seule au monde capable de combiner des opérations de forage, d’interventions sur puits et une production en surface.
    The TLP built for Moho Nord is the only one in the world that combines drilling, well intervention and surface production capabilities.
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Maximum Safety And Minimum Environmental Impact

As with all of our projects, safety and environmental responsibility were key priorities for Moho Nord, right from the start.

Our driving forces throughout the Moho Nord project have been the optimization of energy efficiency in installations, zero routine flaring, the recovery of waste heat and the reinjection of all produced water (water produced during oil and gas processing) – all technologies that ensure we meet our commitments. The first ever all-electric FPU, Likouf was designed to have the smallest environmental footprint possible. Its all-electric system provides the power necessary for operation while minimizing the amount of gas combustion required. 

And to meet our zero-accident target, Total and its partners have worked together to implement a safety program, appointing our own “Safety Champions” to ensure that teams stay safe throughout the project.

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Safety is a prerequisite for success. We’ve had no major accidents in 50 million hours worked.

Emmanuel Blarez
Deputy Director of the Moho Nord project

A Positive Impact On Local Employment

Moho Nord is also:

  • 600 Congolese companies working on the project
  • 12,000 direct and indirect jobs created
  • 600,000 hours of training provided by Total
Moho Nord, a Win-Win Partnership in the Republic of Congo