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Total Exploration & Production and its partners have taken the final investment decision to launch the Zinia 2 deep offshore development in Block 17, 150 kilometers offshore Angola. The project will have a production capacity of 40,000 bpd, sustaining Pazflor field production, which has been on stream since 2011.

“Zinia 2 opens a new chapter in the history of Block 17. This project will be allowed to extend the profitability of this prolific block, with over 2.6 billion barrels already produced. Thanks to the favorable fiscal framework introduced by the Angolan authorities for satellite developments, other projects similar to Zinia 2 are currently under consideration on Block 17,” said Arnaud Breuillac, president of Total.

Total operates the Block 17 with a 40 per cent interest, alongside affiliates of Equinor (23.33 per cent), Exxon Mobil (20 per cent), and BP (16.67 per cent). Sonangol, is concessionaire. It has four FPSOs — Girassol, Dalia, Pazflor and CLOV. In 2017, its production averaged 600,000 bpd.

Zinia 2 comprises nine wells in water depths ranging from 600 to 1,200 meters, tied back to the Pazflor FPSO with a budget of US$1.2 billion.

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