Stories and People FPSO

Stories and People

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.

We are proud of what we have achieved in Block 15/06. Leveraging our extensive experience in exploration, thanks to strong field development and project management, we are beginning production of the East Hub with a time-to-market of only 3 years, and 5 months ahead of schedule.

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.

  • August 2009

    Cabaça North-1 exploration well built.

  • May-August 2010

    Cabaça SE1-ST1 and Cabaça SE2 exploration wells built.

  • December 2013

    General Development and Production Plan (GDPP) for East Hub approved by the joint venture partners and presented to the concessionaire.

  • 2014-2016

    FPSO Armada Olombendo completed at the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. The FPSO was converted from a double-hull oil tanker.

  • 14 October 2016

    Ceremony held to mark the launch of the FPSO, attended by representatives of Eni and Angolan institutions.

  • November-December 2016

    The FPSO sails around South Africa and arrives in Angola.

  • February 2017

    East Hub Angola: started production ahead of schedule.


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.

Eni in Angola

Eni in Angola

A story of success and development

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.


East Hub

To reinforce our strategic partnership we will work together with Sonangol to share expertise and skills and increase access to energy, thus supporting the development of the local area.

Claudio Descalzi

East Hub in Numbers

  • 15mln

    hours of work

    15 mln

    required to build the floating unit Armada Olombendo

  • 4,500

    people involved


    in the construction of the FPSO Armada Olombendo

  • 45days

    duration of the FPSO’s journey

    45 days

    from Singapore to offshore Angola

  • 180K

    barrels of oil equivalent expected from Block 15/06

    180 K

    in the East Hub Development Project