By Pascal Carrier, published on November 26th, 2018, modified on December 10th, 2018
When CLOV comes on stream, it will be the last of Block 17’s mega-projects. From that moment, Total E&P Angola’s task will be to maximize mid- and long-term production at the block’s existing facilities by establishing satellite reservoirs, infill wells, and secondary reserves, and pushing back the frontiers of technical innovation and research.
This new chapter in Block 17’s history began in 2009 with GirRI, when Total E&P Angola formed a special team – Project Brownfield (PBF) – with support from Sonangol and its other partners present in the block. These projects would give rise to new plans for the future, and change the way we work. The PBF team is proof of Total’s boldness to meet new challenges for Angola, either technical, as with the world-fi rst installation of high pressure subsea multi-phase pumps and the electrical connections between two FPSOs, or operational with expanded production units, or managerial with projects at different stages of maturity, and even organizational by optimizing synergies in human resources, equipment, scheduling, and modifications. All these actions are carried out with one aim: to reduce shutdowns and costs.
The PBF team is driven by men and women who never fail to rise to a challenge. The Angolan staff make up a significant proportion of PBF’s human resources, working in a team that places great importance on safety, as well as environmental and social responsibility, especially where the local contribution to our business is concerned. In this respect, PBF projects have helped Angolan engineering companies to grow by assigning them engineering projects for structures and parts.
Working to ensure the future of Block 17 was a rewarding experience, and I remain proud to have played a part in securing Total E&P Angola’s future by working with the PBF teams to deliver concrete results, while also providing opportunities for the country and its people.