CLOV: A strategic project made in Angola

Project type: Deep offshore
Operator: Total (40%)
Partners: Statoil, Esso, BP
Start date: June 2014

million barrels of oil: CLOV’s estimated oil reserves over 20 years

CLOV off the coast of Angola

In June 2014, production began on the CLOV project. Located off the coast of Angola, it comprises four oil fields: Cravo, Lirio, Orquidea and Violeta. In all, its reserves are estimated at 505 million barrels! This is Total’s fourth center of activity on Angola’s deep offshore Block 17.

CLOV: advanced know-how

CLOV is first and foremost a project that showcases Total’s expertise in deep offshore development. It connects 34 subsea wells, situated in water depths of 1,100 to 1,400 meters, to a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit. In these arduous conditions, two types of oil – one more viscous than the other – are simultaneously extracted. The FPSO, which is as large as three soccer fields, has a storage capacity of 1.8 million barrels of oil.

CLOV is also an international project featuring equipment manufactured in South Korea, China, Singapore, Scotland, Norway, The Netherlands, the United States, France and Angola. At its peak, the project employed several thousand people through Total and its subcontractors, representing 25 nationalities in all.

CLOV came on stream in June 2014, on schedule, and reached its production plateau in September 2014.

Above all, an Angolan project

CLOV is noteworthy for its strong commitment to local communities. Ten million hours of work were performed in Angola, three times more than the previous project. Total trained many Angolan workers to become operators on Block 17’s FPSO units. Longer-term expansion has also been achieved, notably at the Paenal yard, which has already hosted several other large-scale projects. In addition, local residents have been recruited and trained to meet CLOV’s various skill set requirements.

From very early in the project planning phase, we made sure we had the resources to make CLOV a growth driver for the country. For us, the project had to be a success for Total and Angola alike.
Geneviève Mouillerat, Director of the CLOV project until its launch in June 2014

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