Dalia Field in Angola on Stream

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Dalia oil field on the Angolan continental shelf was brought on stream on 13 December. Statoil has a 13.33% working interest.

Dalia is the third of the 15 discoveries in block 17 to be put into production. According to the operator Total, the recoverable reserves in the field are estimated to be one billion barrels of oil equivalent.

“This is the largest Angolan field in which we have a holding,” reports Roald Riise, vice president for development and production in west Africa.

“Bringing it on stream has doubled our production from block 17, which is fantastically rich in resources. We’re now writing a new chapter in a success story.”

Discovered in 1997, Dalia lies in about 1,400 metres of water. It is expected to reach plateau production of 240,000 barrels of oil per day during the first half of 2007.

The field has been developed with 37 production wells, 31 water injectors and three gas injectors tied back to a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

This is similar to the solution adopted for the Girassol field, also in block 17. Both FPSOs are among the world’s largest, with a storage capacity of roughly two million barrels.

Girassol came on stream in late 2001, and the Jasmim satellite was tied back to its FPSO two years later.

When Girassol goes off plateau next summer the Rosa field will be phased into the Girassol vessel. The Girassol FPSO will thereby maintain its plateau production of 250,000 barrels of oil. The Rosa field has substantial reserves.

"We''re only halfway in the development of block 17," notes Mr Riise. "In just a few years there could be four FPSOs in the block.
"In addition to Girassol and Dalia, come the Pazflor field which is in the final bidding process before sanction, and CLOV, a fourth major production area, based on the Cravo, Lirio, Orquidea and Violeta discoveries currently being studied.

"And exploration in the block is still under way."

The 15 discoveries in block 17 lie in 800-1,500 metres of water, about 200 kilometres north-west of the Angolan capital, Luanda.

In addition to Total with 40%, Statoil’s partners in the block are ExxonMobil with 20%, BP 16.67% and Hydro 10%. Angolan state oil company Sonangol is the concessionaire.

Angola is the largest contributor to Statoil''s oil production outside the Norwegian continental shelf.

This article is for information and discussion purposes only and does not form a recommendation to invest or otherwise. The value of an investment may fall. The investments referred to in this article may not be suitable for all investors, and if in doubt, an investor should seek advice from a qualified investment adviser. More

Related News

Join 70,000 other oil and gas professionals

Network with others, build your profile, and receive the latest oil and gas news in your inbox. It's free!

Your details are never shared or sold. We hate spam too.

» More Jobs       » Upload a free Job       » Upload your CV

More Europe Jobs

More Global Jobs

Opinion & Commentary

  • Eight pieces of our oil price predicament
    A person might think that oil prices would be fairly stable. Prices would set themselves at a level that would be high enough for the majority of producers, so ...
  • Give us a break...
    I see that Oil & gas UK has been talking again about the need for George Osborne to ‘put his money where his mouth is’ (I paraphrase!) and change the fiscal terms operati ...
  • Why it's different this time
    Is this downturn in oil prices going to be different for investors? I think it might. In fact, I think North American energy companies have a good chance of withstanding th ...

» More Opinion & Commentary         » Write for us             RSS RSS

Oil & Gas Training

Mastering 4D Seismic
Ian Jack, London, 06 Nov 2014

Petroleum Geology of West Africa
Duncan Macgregor, London, 12 Nov 2014

Introduction to Contingency Planning: The value to oil and gas companies in high-risk areas
Mark Theobald, London, 18 Nov 2014

All Upcoming Training

Opinions & Commentary

Oil price, Tullow, Chariot, FOGL, Sundry-Weatherford-Core Labs-BP-Total-Range-Northern Pet-Jupiter-Tangiers, and finally...

by Malcolm Graham-Wood

Read More »