Total’s subsidiary, TEPA (Block 17/06) Ltd, and Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola (Sonangol E.P.), have discovered hydrocarbons in the north-eastern area of the deep offshore block 17/06.

The Begonia-1 well is the second successful exploration well on Block 17/06, after the Gardenia-1 well. Drilled in a water depth of 453m, the well discovered hydrocarbons in reservoir of Miocene age and produced more than 6000bpd of high quality oil (36° API) during a production test. Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola (Sonangol) is the concessionaire of the Block 17/06.

TEPA (Block 17/06) Ltd is the operator of the Block 17/06 with a 30% stake. Total’s partners in the block are Sonangol Pesquisa e Produção S.A. (30%), Sonangol Sinopec International (SSI) Seventeen Ltd (27.5%), ACREP Bloco 17 S.A. (5%), Falcon Oil Holding Angola S.A. (5%) and PARTEX Oil and Gas (Holdings) Corp. (2.5%).