Exxon Mobil’s subsidiary, Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) Limited (Esso Angola), has started production from the Kizomba Satellites Phase 1 project off the shore of Angola. This initial phase is expected to ultimately produce 100,000 barrels of oil per day, and recover a total of approximately 250 million barrels from the Mavacola and Clochas fields, located 95 miles off the coast of Angola in water depths of approximately 4,500 feet.
Phase 1 of the project will develop 18 wells with subsea tiebacks to the existing Kizomba A and B floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels, optimizing the capabilities of on-block facilities to increase current production levels without requiring an additional FPSO vessel.
ExxonMobil was awarded Block 15 in 1994 and, to date, has discovered a total of approximately 5 billion oil-equivalent barrels. First oil was produced from Block 15’s Xikomba field in 2003, followed by startups of Kizomba A in 2004, Kizomba B in 2005, and Kizomba C in 2008.
Other Block 15 developments include the Gas Gathering project, which commenced on-block gas handling in 2011 and is transporting associated gas to the Angola LNG facility in Soyo.
- ExxonMobil Corporation, Irving, TX, USA