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Sonangol and BP agree to advance BP’s activities in Angola

Release date: 17 December 2018

Agree to progress new deepwater development, extend an existing production licence and explore further opportunities in Angola

Angola’s Sonangol and BP today signed an agreement to progress to final investment decision the development of the Platina field in deepwater Block 18, offshore Angola. They also agreed to extend the production licence for the BP-operated Greater Plutonio project on Block 18 to 2032, subject to government approval, and for Sonangol to take an 8% equity interest in the block.

 

Platina would be BP’s first new operated development in Angola since the PSVM project in Block 31 began production in 2013. It would be the second phase of development in Block 18 – the Greater Plutonio project started up in 2007. 

 

"The signing of these agreements represents an important milestone in our relationship with Sonangol. It is a major step towards new investments for BP’s business in Angola, extending production from Greater Plutonio and boosting the nation’s oil output."

 

Bob Dudley, group chief executive

The agreements were signed in Luanda today by Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sonangol Carlos Saturnino and BP group chief executive Bob Dudley.

 

Carlos Saturnino said: “These agreements are a positive sign of the work being done by Sonangol and the Angolan government to generate more investment in our oil industry and take us a big step closer toward increasing production from Block 18.  BP has been a key partner for Sonangol and Angola for many years, having contributed to the development of the oil and gas industry through its operated and partner-operated blocks, and we look forward to continuing to work together in the years to come.”

 

Bob Dudley said: “The signing of these agreements represents an important milestone in our relationship with Sonangol. It is a major step towards new investments for BP’s business in Angola, extending production from Greater Plutonio and boosting the nation’s oil output. I would like to thank President Lourenço, the government and Sonangol for their vision, leadership and drive to improve the industry’s competitiveness and encourage new investment. BP is proud to be a partner with Angola and the signing of these agreements is a major step towards further realising the potential of Angola’s natural resources.” 

 

Discovered in 1999, the Platina field, in water depth of approximately 1,300 metres, is planned to be developed as a subsea tie-back to the existing Greater Plutonio floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO). The final investment decision for the development is anticipated in the second quarter of 2019 with first oil then expected in late 2021/early 2022. The production licence extension will enable later life production from the Greater Plutonio fields as well as the future output expected from Platina.

 

BP and Sonangol also signed two further memoranda of understanding (MOUs) regarding potential further access and exploration offshore Angola and co-operation in a planned new products and crude terminal and storage facility in Angola.

 

Under one MOU the companies agreed to progress discussions for further exploration activities in Blocks 31 and 18, to enter discussions for Blocks 46 and 47, and to explore options in Block 18/15.

 

The second MOU enables them to enter discussions regarding financing and construction of the planned terminal and storage facility at Barra do Dande in Bengo province, approximately 30 kilometres north of Luanda.

Further information

 

Contacts

 

BP press office, Luanda, +244 22263 7399, antonio.vueba@bp.com
BP press office, London: +44 (0)20 7496 4076, bppress@bp.com

Notes to editors

 

  • BP is the operator of Block 18, Angola, with a 50% interest, with Sonangol Sinopec International Limited (SSI) holding the other 50%.
  • The Greater Plutonio development in Block 18 was the first BP-operated asset in Angola and consists of five distinct fields (Galio, Cromio, Cobalto, Paladio, and Plutonio) discovered between 1999 and 2001. The development uses a floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) to process and export crude oil. It began production in 2007.
  • Angola is a major part of the BP group´s activity in deepwater exploration and production and BP Angola has interest in six offshore deep and ultra-deepwater blocks in Angola.
  • Greater Plutonio average production for 2017 was 116,000 barrels of oil per day (gross).
  • BP Angola produced an average 211,000 barrels of oil per day (net) in 2017.

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