East Hub Angola: started production ahead of schedule
In just three years from the development plan Cabaça South East field starts production: an achievement that will increase total production from the prolific 15/06 field to 150,000 barrels per day.
Claudio Descalzi, Eni CEO
Production is taking place through the Armada Olombendo Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, which can generate up to 80,000 barrels of oil per day and compress up to 3.4 million cubic meters of gas per day. With 9 wells and 4 manifolds at a water depth of 450 meters, the FPSO Olombendo will put into production the Cabaça South East field, 350 kilometers northwest of Luanda and 130 kilometers west of Soyo.
The East Hub project, part of Block 15/06, involves the development of the Cabaça oil field. The wells reach depths of up to 2,700m below sea level.
The West Hub project, which has been producing oil since late 2014, was Eni’s first work in the country. The development project involves connecting FPSO N’Goma to the various oil deposits, one at a time. It covers five oilfields with a total of 30 wells, of which 17 are producers and 13 are injectors. Twenty-three wells are currently connected, while the wells in the last two oilfields, Ochigufu and Vandumbu, will be connected in 2018 and 2019. The development makes use of water-alternating-gas injection wells.
Having gained independence from Portugal in 1975, Angola gave permission for foreign oil companies to start searching for hydrocarbon deposits in 1980. Since then we have been actively involved in the country in the fields of both conventional and deepwater offshore drilling, as well as organising activities and projects that aim to help the local region to develop and create sustainable value.Explore
Special rules were applied during the development of the West and East Hub sites, in addition to those required to comply with Angolan legislation and international best practice. The best available technology was adopted to reduce waste and atmospheric emissions to a minimum.
Eni was the first oil and gas operator in Angola to apply a zero discharge policy when managing waste water and drilling residue.
Emergency oil-spill plans have been drawn up and approved by the relevant bodies. At the end of 2016, the Clean Sea system will be used for subsea asset integrity inspections and environmental monitoring.
In 2014 Eni Angola carried out a feasibility study into access to energy and water in the provinces of Huíla and Namibe, following an agreement with the Angolan Ministry of Energy and Water.