As part of the rollout of its multi-energy strategy in Angola, TotalEnergies announced the launch of the Begonia oil field, and Quiluma and Maboqueiro gas fields developments, as well as its first photovoltaic project in the country, with a capacity of 35 MWp and the possibility of adding 45 MWp in a second phase.
TotalEnergies announced the final investment decision for Begonia, the first development of block 17/06, located 150 kilometers (93 miles) off the Angolan coast, in agreement with concession holder Agência Nacional de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustíveis (ANPG) and its partners on Block 17/06.
The Begonia development consists of five wells tied back to the Pazflor FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading unit), already in operation on Block 17. After commissioning, expected in late 2024, it will add 30,000 barrels a day to the FPSO's production.
After CLOV Phase 3, another satellite project that produces 30,000 barrels a day and was launched on Block 17 in June 2022, Begonia is the second TotalEnergies-operated project in Angola to use a standardized subsea production system, saving up to 20% on costs and shortening lead times for equipment delivery.
The project represents an investment of $850 million and 1.3 million man-hours of work, 70% of which will be carried out in Angola.
TotalEnergies also announced the final investment decision for the “Non Associated Gas 1” (NAG1) project, in which the Company holds an 11.8% interest alongside its partners, Eni (operator with 25.6%), Chevron (31%), Sonangol P&P (19.8%) and bp (11.8%).
NAG1 is the first non-associated natural gas project developed in Angola. Gas produced from the Quiluma and Maboqueiro offshore fields will supply the Angola LNG plant, improving Angola's LNG production capacity and the availability of domestic gas for the country's industrial development. Production is scheduled to start in mid-2026.
TotalEnergies, alongside the Ministry of Energy and Water as well as its partners Sonangol and Greentech, was also awarded by the Angolan authorities, the concession for the construction of the Quilemba photovoltaic plant, with initial capacity of 35 MWp and the possibility of adding 45 MWp in a second phase.
The plant will be in the southern city of Lubango and should come on stream at the end of 2023. It will contribute to the decarbonization of Angola’s energy mix and, through a fixed-price Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), deliver significant savings for the Angolan government compared to the fuel used in existing power plants. TotalEnergies holds an 51% interest in Quilemba solar, alongside affiliates of Sonangol EP (30%) and Angola Environment Technology (Greentech, 19%).
"Begonia, NAG1 and Quilemba illustrate the deployment of our multi-energy strategy in Angola, where TotalEnergies has been active for nearly seventy years," said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies. “With Begonia, the first subsea tieback to another block, we are leveraging the existing Pazflor infrastructure, reducing costs, thanks largely to the standardization of subsea equipment, and continuing to innovate in the deep offshore. With the NAG1 project, we will contribute to the country’s industrial development and enable Angola, from 2026, to increase its LNG production and to contribute to the security of supply of Europe and Asia. Quilemba will allow us to harness the country's solar potential and develop a sustainable model for the production of electricity. These three projects demonstrate TotalEnergies' ambition to support Angola during the energy transition by producing energy with low carbon intensity and developing renewables in a country with strong potential."
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