Greater Plutonio Oil Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: BP
  • Country: Angola
  • Location: Block 18, Offshore
  • Production start: 2007
  • Partners: BP - 50%, Sonangol Sinopec International (SSI) - 50%
  • Type: Oil - Greater Plutonio is a low sulphur, medium gravity crude oil.
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume:


  • The Greater Plutonio offshore development area is located 160 kilometres northwest of Luanda and is comprised of the Galio, Cromio, Paladio, Plutonio and Cobalto fields in water depths varying from 1200 to 1450 metres. It will contain 43 wells: 20 producers, 20 water injectors, and 3 gas injectors. The development utilizes a floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) to process produced fluids and export crude. The FPSO is connected to the wells by a large subsea system.
  • The Greater Plutonio FPSO consists of the hull capable of storing 2 million bbls of crude oil and the topside designed to produce and refine 200,000 bbls of crude oil a day and accommodate 120 crew members.


  • Stolt Offshore and Technip: installation of over 75km of 12-inch diameter insulated production, gas injection and service flowlines, 103km of umbilicals. In addition, the consortium will install the 12 FPSO mooring lines and 10 production manifolds, to tie-in the subsea wells and the final hook-up of the FPSO by means of a single riser tower
  • KBR: Engineering, procurement, construction & management (EPCM)
  • Hyundai Heavy Industries: Contract to fabricate the FPSO hull and topside equipment
  • Acergy: Subsea Installation


  • 1996 - Block 18 and its operatorship was awarded
  • 1999 - Oil discovered at Paladio well
  • 2000 - Oil discovered at Plutonio well
  • 2000 - Oil discovered at Galio well
  • 2001 - BP and Shell announced two further oil discoveries
  • 2004 - BP Receives Authorisation For Greater Plutonio
  • 2004 - ONGC aquires 50% from Shell
  • 2004 - HHI awarded FPSO hull and topsides contract
  • 2004 - Stolt Offshore and Technip awarded subsea contract
  • 2007 - Production Begins at Greater Plutonio



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  2. BP Greater Plutonio Prospect On Track In Angola
  3. Stolt Offshore S.A. announces $550 million contract win in deepwater Angola
  4. Production Begins at Greater Plutonio
  5. OVL Reaches Agreement With SHELL To Acquire Latter's 50 Per Cent Interest In Angola Block 18
  6. BP Receives Authorisation For Greater Plutonio
  7. BP Amoco Angola Oil Discovery
  8. BP's Fourth Operated Oil Discovery In Angola
  9. Greater Plutonio, KBR
  10. HHI wins large FPSO order worth $350 million
  11. BP Amoco Third Operated Oil Discovery In Angola

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