By Louis Bon, published on September 6th, 2018, modified on October 3rd, 2018
The Pazflor field went on stream three and a half years after the project was launched, several weeks ahead of schedule. At the time, though, so many aspects of the Pazflor project could be described in superlative terms that achieving the desired quality in line with budget and to deadline was far from a done deal. The task at hand was to build and fit the largest FPSO ever delivered, install the world’s most complex subsea network with two different production systems running from a single FPSO, and drill almost 50 wells. Not to mention the delivery of unprecedented technologies like the subsea units used to separate oil, water and gas before being pumped up to the FPSO Pazflor.
Completing a project representing 32 million man-hours, 10% of which was performed locally, meant that we needed to build a complete team made up of leading companies, committed to a mutually beneficial relationship with Total E&P Angola. Pazflor was like the British Empire, in that the sun never set on the network of companies which, from Asia to America, and Europe to Africa, had a role to play in its development. One of my best memories from this unique adventure was of 24 August 2011 when Pazflor was brought on stream, signifying the completion of 44 months of teamwork.