Dalia is a fairly heavy, semi-sweet, acidic crude from Angola’s deepwater block 17. Dalia was the second commercial discovery in the block lying just to the east of the Girassol field, with the western edge of the field partially superimposed over Girassol.
The Angolan deep water region is quickly proving to be a world class hydrocarbon basin. Considerable exploration success has been achieved in the deep water blocks 15, 17 and in Block 18 where BP is the operator. BP also operates the ultra-deep water Block 31 which at the time of publishing has yielded ten exploration successes.
Dalia is owned through a production sharing agreement between Sonangol (the Angolan state owned oil company) and a contractor group consisting of Total (40% equity), ExxonMobil (20%), BP (16.67%), Statoil (13.33%) and Norsk Hydro (10%).