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Summary Information

  • Operator: Total
  • Country: Angola
  • Location: Block 17, 150 kilometres off Luanda
  • Production start: 2011
  • Partners: Total - 40%, Statoil - 23.33%, Esso - 20% and BP - 16.67%
  • Type: Oil / Gas
  • Estimated Reserves: 590 million barrels of proved and probable reserves
  • Production Volume: full production capacity of 220,000 barrels per day


  • Pazflor includes the Perpetua, Acacia, Zinia and Hortensia fields, which lie in the eastern portion of Block 17 approximately 150 kilometers from the Angolan coast.
  • At 325 metres long and 62 metres wide and weighing 120,000 tons, the Pazflor FPSO is the world’s largest floating production, storage and offloading vessel. Held in position by 16 subsea mooring connectors, the FPSO can store up to 1.9 million barrels in its hull and accommodate a total of 240 people
  • A water depth of up to 1,200 metres and an aggregate depth of 2,700 metres
  • The gigantic subsea gathering system covers 600 square kilometres
  • With 49 wells, 180 kilometres of flowlines and 10,000 tons of equipment on the seabed, the system is remarkable not only for its size, but also for its technical complexity
  • Pazflor’s 590 million barrels of proved and probable reserves make it an “elephant”.


  • FMC Technologies: Subsea Processing and Production Systems
  • KBR: Contract to Provide Engineering, Procurement and Design Interface Services for Pazflor FPSO Topsides
  • Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering: Construction of the FPSO vessel
  • Acergy Engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation of 55 km of water injection lines, gas injection and gas exports lines, umbilicals and over twenty rigid jumpers. It also includes the installation of all manifolds, three subsea separation units with associated umbilicals and the FPSO mooring lines, together with the overall pre-commissioning.
  • Oceaneering: Three umbilicals totaling approximately 11,800 meters (7.3 miles) in length, to be installed as part of FMC Technologies’ subsea gas/liquid separation system
  • Global Maritime: Warranty surveyor for installation of pipelines, risers, umbilicals and subsea manifolds


  • 2000 - The Pazflor adventure begins with the discovery of the Perpetua field, the first of the four ones that make up Pazflor. This discovery is yet another exploration success for Total in Block 17.
  • 2002-2003: discovery the three other fields, Hortensia, Zinia and Acacia.
  • December 2007: Total launches development of Pazflor.
  • 2008 - KBR Awarded Contract to Provide Engineering, Procurement and Design Interface Services for Pazflor FPSO Topsides
  • March 2009: first development wells drilled.
  • Summer 2010: installation of the subsea equipment begins. The process takes a year and at times requires up to 6 pipe-lay vessels and 40 support vessels.
  • January 18, 2011: the FPSO departs its South Korean shipyard for Angola, a journey of more than 20,000 kilometres.
  • 2011 - The giant Pazflor development was inaugurated by Angola's Minister of Petroleum, Chairman and CEO of Sonangol and Chairman and CEO of Total,


  • A key technical challenge is to produce two very different grades of oil from four distinct fields: Perpetua, Hortensia and Zinia (reservoirs of Miocene age) and Acacia (reservoir of Oligocene age).
  • Producing the heavy, viscous oil from the three Miocene reservoirs, which account for two-thirds of the reserves, and the related fluid flow requirements represents a major technological challenge


  1. Global Maritime Pipeline References
  2. Serimax Pipeline References
  3. Inauguration of Pazflor, Angola’s latest deepwater giant development
  4. Pazflor, one of the world’s largest ever deepwater development, comes on stream in Angola
  5. FMC Technologies to Supply Subsea Processing and Production Systems for Total's Pazflor Project in Block 17 Offshore Angola
  6. KBR Awarded Contract to Provide Engineering, Procurement and Design Interface Services for Pazflor FPSO Topsides
  7. Acergy S.A. awarded $700m contract for deepwater development offshore Angola
  8. Oceaneering Announces Pazflor Subsea Separation Equipment Umbilical Contract
  9. Thirteenth deepwater offshore discovery on Angolan Block 17
  10. FMC Technologies Receives $33 Million Subsea Equipment Order for Total's Pazflor Field

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