Gas produced from the Quiluma and Maboqueiro offshore fields will be supplied to the Angola LNG plant. Image courtesy of TotalEnergies
Quiluma and Maboqueiro gas fields (Q&M) are located in shallow waters off the coast of Angola. Image courtesy of C Morrison from Pixabay
Eni holds 25.6% stake in New Gas Consortium (NGC). Image courtesy of Talpa from Pixabay

The Quiluma and Maboqueiro (Q&M) gas fields are located in shallow waters off the coast of Angola. The development of the fields represents the first non-associated gas development project in Angola.

Angola’s National Agency for Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels (ANPG) and New Gas Consortium (NGC), a partnership established to develop non-associated gas in offshore Angola, made the Final Investment Decision (FID) to develop the Q&M fields in July 2022.

NGC is operated by Eni with a 25.6% stake. Other NGC partners are Chevron’s local affiliate Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited (CABGOC) (31%), Sonangol P&P (19.8%), bp (11.8%) and TotalEnergies (11.8%).

The Q&M project will supply gas to the Angola LNG plant and boost LNG production to meet domestic requirements as well as fuel the industrial development of the country.

Quiluma and Maboqueiro fields

Quiluma and Maboqueiro fields are Angola’s first non-associated natural gas project (NAG1).

The project will feature two offshore wellhead platforms and an onshore gas processing plant. The connection to the Angola LNG plant in Soyo will facilitate the commercialisation of gas and condensates.

The Q&M fields are expected to produce up to four billion cubic feet (bcf) per year.

The project activities are slated to start in 2022 with the first gas from the project expected in 2026.

In March 2022, Eni and bp agreed to combine their Angolan businesses and form an equally owned joint venture (JV) company called Azule Energy. The operatorship of the Q&M fields project will be guaranteed by Azule Energy.

Angola LNG plant

The Angola LNG plant is located in Soyo, province of Zaire, in the north of Angola. It is operated by Angola LNG Limited.

The plant has a treatment capacity of around 353bcf of feed gas annually and a liquefaction capacity of 5.2 million tonnes a year of LNG.

CABGOC owns a 36.4% stake in Angola LNG. Eni (13.6%), Sonangol (22.8%), bp (13.6%) and TotalEnergies (13.6%) are the remaining stakeholders.

In 2016, production resumed at the plant following the completion of plant modifications as well as other capacity and reliability improvements.

CABGOC-parent Chevron has also implemented Advanced Process Control (APC) to maximise production at the facility.

In 2020, the Angola LNG plant’s daily production averaged 787 million cubic feet of natural gas and 29,000 barrels of liquids.

Begonia oil field

Begonia oil field is the first development of Block 17/06, located 150km off the Angolan coast.

A final investment decision (FID) for Begonia was taken in July 2022 by TotalEnergies in agreement with concession holder ANPG and its partners on Block 17/06.

The project includes five wells connected to the Pazflor floating production, storage, and offloading unit (FPSO). It is expected to commission in late 2024 and will add up to 30,000 barrels a day to the Pazflor FPSO’s production.

Quilemba solar plant

TotalEnergies, Angola’s Ministry of Energy and Water, including partners Sonangol and Greentech, together were also awarded the concession for the construction of the Quilemba photovoltaic (PV) plant.

The solar PV plant will be located in the southern city of Lubango and will support the decarbonisation of Angola’s energy mix.

It will have an initial capacity of 35MWp, with the possibility of adding 45MWp in a second phase. The plant is expected to start production at the end of 2023.

Azule Energy

With stakes in 16 licences, Azule Energy will be one of the largest oil and gas producers in Angola. The company’s daily net oil and gas production will total more than 200,000 barrels equivalent a day (boe/d).

Azule Energy is also participating in the Angola LNG joint venture and assumes Eni’s stake in a solar JV Solenova.

The main assets of Eni and bp have transferred to Azule Energy. This includes bp-operated Blocks 18 and 31 offshore Angola and Eni-operated Blocks 15/06, Cabinda North, Cabinda Centro, 1/14, 28, among other non-operated stakes of the two companies.