December 11, 2015: Things are bustling on the Alima FPU, 75 kilometers offshore the Congo. Total has just started production from Moho Phase 1b. The Moho Nord project’s first leg will add another 40,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day to production. An additional 11 wells will be tied back to the FPU, in operation since 2008. "It was a real challenge for our teams," explains Yves Duteil, Moho Nord Project Manager. "We had to continue producing on Alima while hosting an extra 450 people on board the FPU for the work involved." Rigorous logistics and HSE processes enabled everything to get done while minimizing interruptions to operations.
And the adventure's just beginning for the Moho Nord project teams: the second leg will eventually produce 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day thanks to two new floating production units. The project is also relying extensively on local contractors, a first in the Republic of the Congo. Nearly 13,000 tons of equipment have been fabricated in country.