French based E&P Total have announced the startup of production from its new Dalia Phase 1A development.
The Dalia Phase 1A, is a new development for Total’s existing Dalia FPSO, located 135km (84 miles), offshore Angola. The Dalia FPSO is noted by Total itself as its most prolific licence, having already reached 2 billion barrels of oil equivalent in May 2015, and only nine years since the Dalia came on-stream itself.
The new Dalia Phase 1A is estimated to have reserves of around 51 million barrels of oil equivalent alone, with production aiming to add an additional 30,000 barrels a day, pushing the Dalia field to 200,000 barrels of production a day.
Total’s President for Exploration & Production, Arnaud Breuillac commented, “Dalia Phase 1A demonstrates Total’s commitment to maximizing value through the optimal use of existing facilities. These types of profitable satellite tie-back developments play an important role in maintaining production levels and generating additional free cash flow for the Group.”
The Dalia field operates as part of the wider Angolan licence block 17. The block includes four operational FPSO: CLOV; Dalia; Girassol and Pazflor.
Block 17 is run as a joint venture between Total (40%); Statoil (23.33%), Esso Exploration Angola (20%) and BP Exploration Angola Ltd (16.67%). Total work as the fields operators.