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Total E&P Congo and its partners have started production at their Moho Bilondo Phase 1b offshore deepwater project near the Congo.

The Moho Bilondo Phase 1b project is located Pointe-Noire coast at water depths between 2,400ft and 4,000ft.

Part of the Moho Nord subsea project, Moho Bilondo Phase 1b has 11 wells tied back to an existing floating production unit and is expected to produce 40,000 barrels of oil a day.

The $10bn Moho Nord project involves a tension-leg platform, a floating production unit with a processing capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil a day, and an 80km pipeline connected to the onshore Djeno Terminal.

"The project integrates the unique skills and expertise of multiple partners to deliver challenging projects and new energy production."

Moho Phase 1b involves drilling of 11 new subsea wells, which will be tied back to exiting to floating production unit, and installation of the two subsea multiphase pumps.

Total E&P Congo operates the Moho Bilondo licence with a 53.5% interest, Chevron Overseas has a 31.5% stake while the national oil company Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo has the remaining 15% interest.

Chevron Africa and Latin America exploration and production company president Ali Moshiri said: "The project integrates the unique skills and expertise of multiple partners to deliver challenging projects and new energy production."

The Moho Nord project comprises two developments, including Moho-Bilondo Phase 1b and the Moho Nord development, which is expected to commence production in 2016.

Total exploration and production president Arnaud Breuillac said: "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.

"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."


Image: The Moho Nord project comprises two developments, including Moho-Bilondo Phase 1b and the Moho Nord development. Photo: courtesy of Vinci.