French oil and gas supermajor, TotalEnergies, together with the Angolan National Oil, Gas, and Biofuels Agency (ANPG), has started production on the CLOV Project Phase 2 in Block 17, offshore Angola – a tie-back project expected to reach a production capacity of 40,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by mid-2022.

Located approximately 150km offshore Angola, in water-depths of up to 1,400m, the CLOV project is comprised of four fields – the Cavo, Lirio, Orquidea, and Violetalo fields – and will be connected to the existing CLOV floating, production, storage, and offloading facility. The project will involve the drilling of seven wells in an area estimated to hold up to 55 million barrels of oil equivalent.

Launched in 2018, the CLOV Project is TotalEnergies’ fourth operated production hub in Block 17 and was carried out within budget and within its planned execution duration.

“The start of the production of CLOV Phase 2, a few months after Zinia Phase 2, demonstrates our continuous efforts to ensure a sustainable output on Block 17,” stated Henri-Max Ndong-Nzue, Senior Vice President for Africa, Exploration and Production at TotalEnergies, adding, “This project fits within the company’s strategy to focus its upstream investments on low-cost projects which contribute to lower the average GHG emissions intensity of its production. CLOV Phase 2 start-up also highlights the performance of our teams despite the health crisis.”

Belarimo Chitangueleca, Acting President for the ANPG, stated, “The start of Phase 2 of CLOV comes at the right time with the right objective, as Angola needs to mitigate the decline in its oil production and work to increase it in the near future.”

Block 17 is operated by TotalEnergies (38%), with other stakeholders including Equinor, (22.16%), ExxonMobil (19%), BP (15.84%), and Sonangol (5%).