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2017

Mar 2017: Chevron announced start of oil and gas production from the main facility of the Mafumeira Sul offshore project in Block 0A. It has a design capacity of 150,000 bbls of liquids and 3.6 bcm of gas per year. Early production commenced in 2016 through a temporary production system. CABGOC is operator with 39.2% along with partners Sonangol (41%), Total (10%) and ENI (9.8%).

Feb 2017: Eni started production at the East Hub Development Project (Cabaca South East field) in Block 15/06 through the Armada Olombendo FPSO in 450m of water. It has 9 wells and 4 manifolds. Two more fields are expected to start before the end of 2018. Block 15/06 is operated by Eni (36.84%) with Sonangol (36.84%) and SSI Fifteen (26.32%).

2016

Oct 2016: Sonangol, Cabinda Gulf, Total, and Eni announced start-up of the Early Production System (EPS) in the South Wellhead Platform of the Mafumeira Sul project in 60m of water in Block 0, Cabinda. The EPS will operate with a maximum production capacity of 10,000 bbls per day.

Oct 2016:Eni (operator, 36.84%) named its FPSO, Armada Olombendo, for the East Hub Development Project where first oil is planned by the first half of 2017. The West Hub Project came onstream in 2016. East Hub includes 9 subsea wells in a water depth of 450m. Partners are Sonangol (36.84%) and SSI Fifteen (26.32%).

May 2016: The Angola LNG project has restarted producing gas with first cargoes available soon on a tender. The LNG plant in Soyo, is a single-train facility able to produce 5.2 mm tons per year.

May 2016: Cobalt (operator, 40%) announced it has completed drilling on the Zalophus-1 pre-salt exploration well in offshore Block 20 as a condensate and gas discovery; its third discovery on Block 20. The rig is now completing operations on the Golfinho-1 pre-salt well. Partners are Sonangol (30%) and BP (30%).

Feb 2016: The $10 bn Angola LNG project is expected to ship its first cargo in the second quarter of 2016. The plant sent its first cargo in mid 2013 but was shut down in April 2014 after a rupture on a flare line. The single train Angola LNG plant including 7 tankers is a joint venture between Sonangol (22.8%), Chevron (36.4%), BP (13.6%), Eni (13.6%) and Total (13.6%).

Jan 2016: Eni (operator, 36.84%)has started production from the West Hub Development Project’s Mpungi field in offshore Block 15/06. This  follows the West Hub’s first oil from the Sangos field in Nov 2014 and the Cinguvu field in Apr 2015. Output will rise to 100,000 bbls of oil per day by mid 2016. Partners are Sonangol (36.84%) and SSI Fifteen (26.32%).

2015

Nov 2015: Total and Sonangol will add around 30,000 bbls per day at the offshore Rosa field in Block 17 with 4 multi-phase high-pressure pumps.

Nov 2015: Chevron (operator, 15.75%) commenced production from the Lianzi field in a unitized zone shared with Congo (Brazzaville) in 900m of water. Oil is tied into the Benguela Belize–Lobito Tomboco platform in Angola’s Block 14. Partners are Cabinda Gulf Oil (15.5%), Total (26.75%), Angola Block 14 (10 %), Eni (10%), Sonangol (10%), SNPC (7.5%) and GALP (4.5%).

Jul 2015: Total has started up production from Dalia Phase 1A on offshore Block 17, developing additional reserves of 51 mm bbls. Theproject involves the drilling of seven infill wells tied back to the Dalia FPSO unit.

Jul 2015: Sonangol on Monday requested bids for 10 onshore blocks. Seven of the new blocks are in the Kwanza basin and 3 in the Congo Basin.

May 2015: Total has produced a cumulative 2 bn bbls from deep offshore Block 17. With the start up of CLOV, it has become Total’s most prolific block with production of over 700,000 bbls per day. Total operates 4 FPSOs on the production zones of Girassol, Dalia, Pazflor and CLOV.

Apr 2015: Production started from Kizomba Satellites phase 2 in 1,350m of water. It is a 190 mm bbl project tieing back the Kakocha, Bavuca and Mondo South fields to the Kizomba B and Mondo FPSO and producing 70,000 bbls of oil per day at peak, increasing Block 15 output to 350,000 bpd. ExxonMobil is operator (40%) with BP (26.67%), ENI (20%) and Statoil (13.33%).

Apr 2015: Eni (operator, 35%) began producing the Cinguvu oil field in the West Hub cluster Development Project, Block 15/06. It includes the Sangos (already in production), Cinguvu, Mpungi, Mpungi North and Vandumbu fields in water depths from 1,000 to 1,500m delivering into the N’Goma FPSO. Partners are Sonangol (35%), SSI Fifteen (25%) and Falcon (5%).

Mar 2015: Angola will offer 15 deep water blocks and 10 onshore blocks in the licensing round scheduled for 2015. Oil production in 2014 averaged 1,671,673 barrels of oil per day, a reduction of 2.6% from 2013. Sonangol reported net income of $710 million for the full year 2014, down from $3 billion in 2013.

Feb 2015: Angola plans to increase its oil production by 20% in 2015 after output was down 2.6% in 2014. Gas output fell 29% owing to mechanical problems at its  LNG plant. Sonangol plans to restart LNG exports by the end of 2015 and boost oil production to 2 mm bbls per day in 2016.

Jan 2015: Eni (operator, 35%) with Sonangol (35%), SSI Fifteen (25%) and Falcon (5%) obtained a 3-year extension to Block 15/06 including a commitment to drill 3 wells . The extension includes  the nearby Reco-Reco discovery. Block 15/06 was acquired in 2006 and started production at West Hub in 2014. East Hub is expected to start in 2017.

2014

Dec 2014: Eni has started production from the West Hub Development Project in Block 15/06 through the N’Goma FPSO. Oil output will ramp-up to 100,000 bbls per day. The East Hub in 2017 will raise production to 200,000 bbls per day. Eni is operator with 35% with Pesquisa e Producao (35%), SSI Fifteen (25%) and Falcon (5%).

Oct 2014: Angola LNG will not now restart until late 2015. A rupture on a flare line shut the plant down after less than a year of operation. An unofficial estimate for the cost of the project is now at least US$12 bn.

Sep 2014: Eni made an oil discovery in  the Ochigufu well in Block 15/06 close to the Ngoma FPSO (West Hub project) in a water depth of 1337m. Eni is operator with 35% along with Sonangol (30%), SSI Fifteen (25%), Falcon (5%) and Statoil 5%).

Aug 2014: Part of the US$4bn Kaombo Field Project in Block 32 was awarded to Saipem by Total for the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning of 2 FPSOs converted from 2 VLCCs each with an oil treating capacity of 115,000 bbls per day and a storage capacity of 1.7 mm bbls. The first unit will be operational by 2017.

Jun 2014: Total has started the CLOV development (Cravo, Lirio, Orquidea and Violeta), the fourth FPSO on Block 17 after Girassol, Dalia and Pazflor. CLOV comprises 34 wells and 8 manifolds connected to an FPSO at water depths of over 1,100 m. The gas will be exported via a subsea pipeline to the Angola LNG plant. Total is operator with 40%, along with Statoil (23.33%), Esso (20%) and BP (16.67%).

May 2014: Chevron reports that a pipeline rupture that has forced the Angola LNG plant offline is expected to keep the facility out of action until mid 2015. Chevron (operator) has 36.4% with Sonangol (22.8%), Total, BP and ENI.

Apr 2014: Total (operator, 30%) will develop the Kaombo project in Block 32 in water depths of 1,500m after cutting investment to US$16bn. Fields include Gindungo, Gengibre, Canela, Mostarda, Louro and Salsa in the centre and southeast linked to 2 FPSOs with capacity of 100,000 bbls per day. Partners are Sonangol (20%), China Sonangol (20%), Exxon (15%), Marathon (10%) and Galp (5%).

Feb 2014: The Orca-1 pre-salt well in Block 20 of the Kwanza Basin has been declared an oil discovery. Resource potential is estimated at between 400 and 700 mm barrels. Cobalt (40%) is operator with partners BP (30%) and Sonangol (30%).

Jan 2014: Cobalt has announced an oil discovery in a 56m syn-rift interval of the Bicuar #1A pre-salt deep water well in Block 21, Kwanza Basin. Cobalt is operator with 40%, along with Sonangol, Nazaki Oil and Gaz, and Alper Oil. The well was drilled in just 59 days.

Jan 2014: Sonangol plans to launch a tender process for onshore oil exploration licences in 7 new blocks in the Kwanza basin and 3 in the Lower Congo basin. Angola extracts almost all its oil from offshore but wants to develop its onshore potential. The government approved a round for 15 onshore blocks in 2013 with 5 reserved for Sonangol.

2013

Oct 2013: Angola LNG is producing at 20% of capacity but planned to be at full capacity by the end of 2014. Chevron is operator (36.4%) with Sonangol (22.8%) and Total, BP and Eni (all 13.6%). The project was delayed by problems including sinking of the jackup linking Chevron's Block 0 and 14 with the plant. Total's Block 17 is the main supplier and BP's Block 31 is also supplying some of the gas.

Jun 2013: Sonangol intends to auction 54 exploration blocks in the Congo, Kwanza and Namibe basins by 2015. The first 15 blocks will be proposed in late 2013, in the Lower Congo Basin, Soyo area, and in the Kwanza Basin, all onshore.

Jun 2013: Production has begun at the Angola LNG project with the first cargo expected in June. The Chevron-operated 5.2 mm tonne per annum project has seen start-up postponed by over a year. Chevron has a 36.4% stake along with Sonangol (22.8%) and Total, BP and Eni (all with 13.6%).

Apr 2013: BP’s PSVM project, located in the north east sector of Block 31, 400 kms north west of Luanda, has come in $4bn over its original $10bn budget after being delayed by a year. The development uses an FPSO which was converted from a crude oil tanker in Singapore. BP owns 27% and is operator. Production start up was on 6 December 2012.

Mar 2013: Eni has made its ninth oil discovery in Block 15/06, adding to the West Hub project. Called Vandumbu, it is located 150 kms from the coast at a water depth of 976m. Eni is operator of Block 15/06 with 35% with SSI Fifteen (25%), Sonangol (15%), Total (15%), Falcon (5%) and Statoil (5%).

Feb 2013: Chevron will proceed with the US$5.6 bn Mafumeira Sul project in 60m of water producing first oil in 2015 with a peak of 110,000 bbls of oil plus 10,000 bbls of LPGs per day. The project includes 50 wells, two WH platforms and a central processing facility. Gas will go to the LNG plant. Mafumeira Norte, onstream in 2009, produces 40,000 bbls per day. Chevron (Cabinda Gulf) is operator (39.2%). Partners are Sonangol (41%), Total (10%) and ENI (9.8%).

Feb 2013: Exports from Angola's LNG project are not expected until the second quarter of 2013. The 5.2 mm tonne per year project led by Sonangol and Chevron has been delayed several times. Angola LNG has access to seven LNG carriers but five of these are not available available. In addition  the LNG project is facing challenges due to the growth of the indigenous natural gas market in the USA. BP, ENI and Total hold 13.6% in the project, while Sonangol holds 22.8% and Chevron 36.4%.

Jan 2013: BP started production from the 4-field PSVM development in Block 31. It will produce 70,000 bbls per day, doubling over 2013. PSVM has an FPSO with initial production from the Plutao field before the Saturno, Venus and Marte fields come onstream. The fields were discovered between 2002 and 2004 in water depths of up to 2000m. A total of 40 production, gas and water injection wells will be connected through 15 subsea manifolds and associated subsea equipment.

2012

Oct 2012:  Eni, operator of block 15/06 offshore Angola, awarded a US$50 mm contract to Aker Solutions for the West Hub development project. Work scope will include engineering, procurement, fabrication and supply steel tube umbilicals as well as the associated equipment and peripherals. Delivery is for first Q1 2014. West Hub will draw from the Sangos, Ngoma and Cinguvu fields.

Sep 2012: Maersk (operator), Sonangol and Odebrecht discovered oil in the Caporolo-1 well in the Lower Congo Basin. Caporolo-1 is a step-out 13 kms from the Chissonga discovery in Block 16. A production test was conducted with a maximum rate of 3,000 bbls a day. The well is in the western sector of Block 16, 300 kms NW of Luanda, drilled in 1,235 m of water using a semisub.

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