Total has started production from the Moho Nord deep offshore project 75km offshore from Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo.
The project is capable of producing around 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd).
Total Exploration and Production president Arnaud Breuillac said: “Moho Nord is the biggest oil development to date in the Republic of the Congo. A showcase for Total’s deep offshore operational excellence, it consolidates our leading position in Africa.
"Moho Nord will contribute to the reinforcement of the cash-flow of the group and to its production growth."
The Moho Nord field has 34 wells that are tied back to a new tension leg platform and to Likouf, a new floating production unit. Oil is first processed on Likouf before being transported through a pipeline to the Total-operated Djeno onshore terminal.
The company claims that the facilities will have minimal effect on the environment with no routine flaring.
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The all-electric design helps optimise energy efficiency to operate the installations. All produced water will be re-injected into the reservoir.
Total owns a 53.5% interest in this project, while the remaining stake is owned by Chevron Overseas (Congo) Limited (31.5%) and Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo (15%).
With a presence of nearly 50 years in the Republic of the Congo, Total operates nearly half of the country’s domestic production.
Last year, Total produced an average 89,000(boepd).