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Congo: Total starts up Moho Phase 1b project

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Total has brought on stream the Moho Phase 1b project, which is located 75 km off the coast of Pointe-Noire in the Republic of the Congo. The project is operated by Total and has a production capacity of 40 000 boe/d.

“Moho Phase 1b is our ninth start-up since the beginning of the year and will contribute to our strong production growth in the years to come,” commented Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production. “The start-up of this project, in line with the original schedule, constitutes a further success for Total’s growth strategy in deep offshore, particularly in West Africa. It follows the start-up of Dalia Phase 1A on Angola’s Block 17 in July this year and more recently, the Lianzi field which straddles the deep offshore of Congo and Angola.”

Moho Phase 1b, located in water depths ranging from 750 to 1200 m, involves the drilling of 11 new subsea wells and the installation of the two most powerful subsea multiphase pumps in the world. It is tied back to the existing Floating Production Unit (FPU) of the Moho Bilondo field, producing since 2008.

The nearby Moho Nord development, launched concurrently with Moho Phase 1b in 2013, is ongoing and will add a further 100 000 boe/d of capacity.

Moho Phase 1b and Moho Nord are part of the Moho Bilondo license operated by Total E&P Congo with a 53.5% participating interest. The other partners are Chevron Overseas (Congo) Ltd (31.5%) and the Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo (15.0%).

Present in the Republic of the Congo for almost 50 years, Total is the country’s leading oil producer. Total E&P Congo operates 10 of the 23 producing fields, accounting for nearly 50% of national output. The Group’s equity production averaged 95 000 boe/d in 2014.

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