Located in water depths between 600m and 1,200m, the project is being developed with an investment of $1.2bn and involves the drilling of nine wells.

These wells are tied back to the existing Pazflor floating storage, production, and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

The Zinia 2 short-cycle development is anticipated to reach a production capacity of 40,000 barrels per day (bpd) by mid-2022.

Total Africa exploration and production president Nicolas Terraz said: “The successful start-up of this project, despite the challenges that have arisen as a result of the pandemic, demonstrates Total’s commitment to ensure a sustainable output on Block 17, for which the production licence was recently extended until 2045.

“Zinia Phase 2 project reflects the quality of short cycle projects in Angola with high return on investment.”

According to estimates, the Zinia Phase 2 field holds 65 million barrels of oil reserves.

In a press statement, Total said: “The development of this project was carried out according to schedule and for a CAPEX more than 10% below budget, representing a saving of 150 million dollars.”

Total operates Block 17 with a 38% interest. Other project partners include Equinor (22.16%), ExxonMobil (19%), BP Exploration Angola (15.84%) and Sonangol P&P (5%).

The Zinia first phase was developed as part of the Pazflor field development, which also involved the development of three other fields, namely Perpetua, Acacia and Hortensia.