Chevron subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Company (CABGOC) and its partners have commenced oil and gas production from the main production facility of the Mafumeira Sul project offshore Angola.

Located 24 km offshore Cabinda province and in water depth of 200ft, the Mafumeira Sul is expected produce 150,000 barrels of liquids and 350 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

The Mafumeira Sul project is the second development phase of the $5.6bn Mafumeira field located in Block 0 offshore Cabinda province, Angola.

The first phase, which involved the development of the field's northern section Mafumeira Norte, has commenced production in 2009.

Chevron Upstream executive vice-president Jay Johnson said: “This milestone supports our priority of completing major projects and improving free cash flow.

“The Mafumeira Sul project generates new production and value for Angola, our partners and the corporation.”

The Mafumeira Sul project development involves installation of new platforms, drilling of 34 production wells and 16 water-injection wells, installation of umbilical, riser and flowline (URF) facilities, and 121km of subsea pipelines.

Oil produced from the field will be exported to the existing Malongo Oil Terminal whereas the LPG will be supplied to the Sanha LPG floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

Additionally, the natural gas will be transferred to the onshore Angola Liquefied Natural Gas (ALNG) plant located at Soyo.

The Mafumeira Sul project is operated by CABGOC with 39.2% stake while other partners include Sonangol E.P., Total and ENI with a stake of 41%, 10% and 9.8%, respectively.

Chevron said that the partners commenced early production from the project in October 2016 through a temporary production system.

Image: Illustration of central processing platform of the Mafumeira Sul project offshore Angola. Photo: courtesy of Chevron Corporation.