BP operates the largest deepwater project in Africa and one of the biggest in the world, in terms of water depth and subsea extension. Known as PSVM, it’s the first project in Block 31, and consists of the Plutão, Saturno, Venus and Marte (PSVM) fields. As one of two cluster developments expected for this Block, it’s one of our largest projects and all production will take place through an FPSO, which in this case will be a converted super tanker.
Reaching depths of over 2 700 meters, Block 31 is one of the four ultra deep blocks in Angola. Combine these water depths with a high salt presence and you’ll discover a complex geological structure that makes exploration and production at these depths very challenging. But our team of experts has risen to the challenge, and we’re now developing solutions with site-specific, highly-advanced technology. We’ve found that subsurface imaging and drilling technologies developed by our deepwater teams in the Gulf of Mexico can be directly applied to Angolan data. So with this experience and the knowledge we’re gaining everyday in the field, we’re enjoying considerable exploration success.