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.

"Moho Nord is the biggest oil development to date in the Republic of the Congo."

The company claims that the facilities will have minimal effect on the environment with no routine flaring.

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).