As part of the rollout of its multi-energy strategy in Angola, TotalEnergies announced the launch of the Begonia oil field, and Quiluma and Maboqueiro gas fields developments, as well as its first photovoltaic project in the country, with a capacity of 35 MWp and the possibility of adding 45 MWp in a second phase
The final investment decision for Begonia, the first development of block 17/06, located 150 km off the Angolan coast, was announced in agreement with concession holder Agência Nacional de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustíveis (ANPG) and its partners on Block 17/06.
The Begonia development consists of five wells tied back to the Pazflor FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading unit), already in operation on Block 17. After commissioning – expected in late 2024 – it will add 30,000 barrels a day to the FPSO's production.
After CLOV Phase 3, Begonia is the second TotalEnergies-operated project in Angola to use a standardised subsea production system, saving up to 20% on costs and shortening lead times for equipment delivery.
The project represents an investment of US$850mn and 1.3mn man-hours of work, 70% of which will be carried out in Angola.
The company also announced the final investment decision for the “Non Associated Gas 1” (NAG1) project, in which it holds an 11.8% interest alongside its partners, Eni (operator with 25.6%), Chevron (31%), Sonangol P&P (19.8%) and bp (11.8%).
NAG1 is the first non-associated natural gas project developed in Angola. Gas produced from the Quiluma and Maboqueiro offshore fields will supply the Angola LNG plant, improving Angola's LNG production capacity and the availability of domestic gas for the country's industrial development. Production is scheduled to start in mid-2026.
TotalEnergies, alongside the Ministry of energy and water, as well as its partners Sonangol and Greentech, was also awarded by the Angolan authorities, the concession for the construction of the Quilemba photovoltaic plant, with initial capacity of 35 MWp and the possibility of adding 45 MWp in a second phase.
The plant will be located in the southern city of Lubango and should come on stream at the end of 2023. It will contribute to the decarbonisation of Angola’s energy mix and, through a fixed-price power purchase agreement (PPA), deliver significant savings for the Angolan government compared to the fuel used in existing power plants. TotalEnergies holds a 51% interest in Quilemba solar, alongside affiliates of Sonangol EP (30%) and Angola Environment Technology (Greentech, 19%).
“The three projects demonstrate TotalEnergies' ambition to support Angola during the energy transition by producing energy with low carbon intensity and developing renewables in a country with strong potential," said Patrick Pouyanné, chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies.