BP in Angola

Angola is one of the fastest growing businesses in BP’s E&P portfolio
Electrical Technicians Discussing workplan in the Electrical switchroom; Leandro Bravo (Left); Osvaldo Sebastiao (Right) FPSO PSVM, Block 31, Angola Electrical technicians discussing work plan in the FPSO PSVM, Block 31, Angola
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Working in Angola
  • BP is committed to build a safe, reliable and sustainable operating company in Angola that enhances E&P returns and contributes to the social and economic development of Angola.
  • BP has to date invested more than $25 billion in its Angola assets and intends to invest in excess of a further $20 billion in exploration and development in Angola over the next 10 years.
  • BP is committed to build local capability by investing in the development of the local human resources, enhancing the capability of local companies, and create strategic partnerships for institutional and social development.
  • BP employs some 1,000 staff based in Angola, of whom more than 70 per cent are Angolan. We recruit talented people and develop them in order to be the technicians, engineers, and leaders of the future.
  • BP’s PSVM project has one of the highest levels of local content in the country, with several components manufactured or assembled in Angola.
  • BP supports various educational projects in Angola, including strategic partnerships with universities, schools and local NGOs. Examples are the master degree in oil and gas law programme and the support for the engineering and science faculties at Agostinho Neto University.

BP’s links with Angola date back to the 1970’s. In the 1990’s we gained substantial offshore deep and ultra-deep water interests in the Congo basin following a merger with Amoco. BP acquired further interests in five new deep and ultra-deep water blocks in the Kwanza and Benguela basins in 2011, giving the company a leading position in Angola with interests in nine blocks accounting for a total acreage of 32,650Km2, and making the Angola Region one of the most important assets in BP’s exploration and production portfolio.

BP is the operator of blocks 18 and 31 in the deep and ultra-deep waters of the Congo basin and blocks 19 and 24 in the Kwanza and Benguela basins; BP holds non-operating participation in blocks 15, 17, 20, 25 and 26, as well as the Angola LNG project in Soyo. BP is the operator of the deep water blocks 19 and 24 and a participant in deep water blocks 20, 25 and 26, also in the Kwanza and Benguela basins.

BP Angola’s net average production is around 200,000 barrels of oil per day, from blocks 18 and 31 and in blocks 15 and 17.

BP signed production sharing agreements with Sonangol, which is the concessionaire granting rights to the exploration and production of oil and gas to contractor groups formed by the block operator and its participants.

Block 18: the Greater Plutonio Project

The Greater Plutonio Project, in Block 18 offshore Angola, is an important element of the BP Angola portfolio. It was BP’s first operated deep water development project in Angola. It covers an area of 5,000km2, at depths varying from 1,200 to 1,600 meters with five fields: Galio, Cromio, Cobalto, Paladio and Plutonio. Production from Greater Plutonio started in October 2007 and is currently around 180,000 barrels per day (bpd). Block 18 also supplies associated gas to the ALNG plant at Soyo.

FPSO PSVM in Angola FPSO Greater Plutonio in Block 18, first BP operated Deep-water development in Angola

Block 31: the PSVM Project

BP on behalf of Sonangol and Block 31 participants made a series of deep water discoveries in Block 31 which resulted in the development of the Plutão, Saturno, Vênus and Marte fields, collectively known as the PSVM. Located in the north-eastern part of Block 31, this project is expected to produce around 150,000 barrels of oil per day. Production started up in December 2012 and is currently at around 100,000 barrels of oil per day. The PSVM project is the deepest deep water project in Africa and has the largest sub-sea infrastructure in the world.

Kwanza and Benguela pre-salt basins

In December 2011 BP signed production sharing agreements awarded BP Angola the operatorship of blocks 19 and 24, and non-operating interests in blocks 20 and 25. BP had previously taken a 40% stake in Block 26, confirming its access to five new offshore blocks in the Kwanza and Benguela basins with a total acreage of 24,240km2. The potential of these acquisitions is underpinned by the geology of the basins, which is thought to mirror Brazil’s hydrocarbon-rich pre-salt play.

Health, Safety, and Environment

Health and safety at work, as well as environmental considerations, are at the centre of all BP activities in Angola. The main goal is to avoid accidents and injuries to people and the environment, as well as to comply with all Angolan environmental legislation. BP’s safety and environmental performance in Angola has steadily improved year on year, resulting in a smaller injury frequency, lower number of days away from work cases, and zero fatalities. 

BP has significantly enhanced its ability to respond to an incident in Angola in 2011, by building and testing a capping device, developing a capping plan, developing sub-sea dispersant and injection plans, and developing emergency and oil spill response plans. BP has supported a number of high impact and country wide road safety programs, aiming at creating capability and raising awareness about road safety.

BP Angola Employees during a Technofest event BP Angola Employees during a Technofest event

Developing capability

We continue to collaborate with the Angolan government in its commitment to progress and develop local capability of human resources and local companies. Training and development of local staff, rigorous succession plans, coaching and knowledge transfer are enabling Angolans to build their competencies and take senior leadership positions in BP. Promoting local content through third party supplier capability development and contracting strategies has already enabled an increasing number of products and services to be provided in Angola, creating jobs and contributing to the socioeconomic development of the country.

PSVM has one of the highest proportions of local content in the industry, with various components built in fabrication yards in Angola. This includes all pipelines, Christmas trees, manifolds, jumpers, buoyancy tanks, umbilical and wellheads.

Community investment

BP Angola aims to be involved in the community at every level and to bring real benefits to the country. This is done through engaging with key stakeholders, such as community and church leaders, the government, NGOs, academics and others to find out how we can work together for mutually beneficial outcomes. The BP Angola Community Investment programme supports the County´s overall goal to diversify the Angolan economy by investing in human capital.  

BP Angola sustainable development and community investment programme focuses on education, enterprise development, and Social Inclusion. The company is working closely with Agostinho Neto University in Luanda to help increase the number of qualified future professionals that graduate each year, so as to meet both the development needs of the oil sector and of the country as a whole. This is achieved by investing in laboratories and staff capabilities to enable the university to serve the community and prepare its students for the market.

In addition to this, BP is funding a fully-credited postgraduate programme leading to the award of a Master's of Law Degree (LLM) in Oil & Gas. The programme is a partnership with the Faculty of Law of Agostinho Neto University. It was launched in April 2007 and produced over 100 graduates from the programme to date. The programme aims to developing a local network of Petroleum law expertise in Angola. 

The education support programme includes improving access and study conditions of children in various schools across the country as the demand for education far out ways the supply in Angola´s predominantly young population. BP also supports initiatives that incentivize youth in the areas of math & sciences such as the sponsorship of Angolan innovators that initiated in 2013. 

BP Angola General Manager Martyn Morris, cutting the ribbon for a new school in Bie province, Angola BP Angola General Manager Martyn Morris, cutting the ribbon for a new school in Bie province, Angola

In enterprise development, BP supported the development of rural cooperatives that have evolved from the Greater Plutonio Micro-credit project. In partnership with local NGO´s, BP is supporting  conservation Agriculture and Water & Sanitation initiatives for rural communities in Cunene, Southern Angola, which is often affected by extreme climate change (droughts and floods). The programme ran for the Helios Awards in 2008 and won the Global Partnership Award as a recognition of its impact in the communities and value in establishing sound and effective partnerships.

Other programmes supported by BP include organization of rural co-operatives predominately run by women in the Benguela province with a focus on improved farming and  irrigation technics and the development of local markets.   The Green Namibe project aims to fight the desertification of the province through planting trees and using modern irrigation technics. The project is creating a micro-climate while providing agricultural students and professors valuable practical experience and research material. 

The common theme is investing in people underlines BP Angola´s diverse Community and Social Investment programme which features initiatives that develop local skills, experience and expertise within Angolan communities and organizations.

Please use the contact details below to email, call or write to us at BP Angola. We aim to deal with your enquiries as quickly as possible.

BP offices in Angola

  • BP Angola
  • Avenida 4 de Fevereiro 197
    Torres Atlantico
  • BP Angola – UK office
  • Sunbury Business Park, Building A
    Chertsey Road, Sunbury Upon Thames
    TW16 7LN, United Kingdom
  • Tel: +44 (0)1932 767 627

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