Total acquires interests into two new offshore licenses, plans new production hub

Source: press release, 16 December 2019

photo: Total
photo: Total

Total has signed a sale and purchase agreement with state-owned Sonangol of Angola to acquire interests in Blocks 20/11 and 21/09 in the Kwanza Basin, offshore Luanda.

Subject to the approvals of the competent authorities and partners:

  • The Group will hold a 50% working interest, alongside Sonangol (20%) and BP (30%), in Block 20/11, located in the central Kwanza Basin in water depths ranging from 300 to 1,700 metres.
  • The Group will hold an 80% working interest alongside Sonangol (20%) in Block 21/09, located in the south-central Kwanza Basin in water depths ranging from 1,600 to 1,800 metres.

The wells drilled so far in the two blocks have produced four discoveries – Cameia, Mavinga, Bicuar and Golfinho – and Total and its partners will seek to unlock the value of these prospects by creating a development hub. The Group has also committed to explore for additional potential resources in the blocks.

As part of the agreement, Total will become operator of the development of the two licenses before putting in place an operating company together with Sonangol 3 years after the production start-up.

As per the transaction terms, Total will pay to Sonangol USD 400 million at closing, to which will be added USD 100 million at FID and some additional payments along the life of the project depending on production and crude oil price for a maximum cumulative amount capped at USD 250 million.

“We are very pleased to demonstrate once again our pioneer spirit and our commitment to continue developing Angola’s energy sector by becoming the first company to undertake a development in the Kwanza Basin,” states Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total.

“Sonangol welcomes Total as new operator of these strategic blocks,” added Sebastião Gaspar Martins, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sonangol. “We are confident that Total’s recognised offshore expertise will help to quickly unlock discovered resources in order to continue sustaining the Angola’s production.”