At Total, we are constantly looking for ways to innovate and to push the technological boundaries of oil and gas resources. This is true wherever we operate in the world in spite of the increasing complexity of exploration and production projects. Angola is no exception, with Block 17 marking our first move into deep offshore production in West Africa.
Block 17, a "Golden Block"
Total first moved into Block 17 in 1997. Located nearly 1,300 meters below sea level off the coast of Angola, Block 17 is referred to as a "Golden Block" due to its highly productive oil fields. It is made up of four major hubs – Girassol, Dalia, Pazflor and CLOV (Cravo, Lirio, Orquidea and Violeta) – which were gradually brought on stream between 2001 and 2014. This rapid pace of development has turned Angola into a showcase for Total's operational excellence in deep offshore projects and made us the country's leading operator.
Committed to Growing Together
From the outset of our involvement in Block 17, which we operate with a 40% interest, we committed to creating jobs, buying locally, training technicians and sharing technologies as part of an agreement with state-owned Sonangol. Our aim in committing to shared development was to help the country grow and stimulate the regional economy.