Exxon Mobil announced today it has started production at an offshore field off the coast of Angola.
Esso Exploration Angola, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, has started production at its Kizomba Satellite, which is located at Block 15 in the Mavacola and Clochas fields, 95 miles off the coast of Angola. The company said this phase of the project is expected to produce 100,000 barrels of oil per day and recover approximately 250 million barrels of oil.
Exxon credit local Angolan businesses as being a key part of Exxon’s ability to adhere to the project’s schedule.
“This project combines ExxonMobil’s project management expertise with local suppliers and businesses to maximize the value of Angola’s significant petroleum resources,” said Neil Duffin, president of ExxonMobil Development Company. “The Kizomba Satellites project was completed ahead of schedule and with industry-leading safety performance, as was the case with previous Block 15 developments.”
The Kizomba Satellite development has used $1.5 billion of Angolan goods and services, which Exxon said also includes contracts for logistics support, training and development of Angolan personnel.
The participation of Angolan staff grew as their capabilities to work on a project of this complexity increased, Exxon said.
“Nearly 100 percent of the topsides and subsea equipment were fabricated in Angola, and we have provided more than 10,000 hours of skill-based training to Angolan contractor personnel for the project,” said Stéphane de Mahieu, Esso Angola Managing Director.