Total honoured for its deep offshore expertise

At the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Total was honoured with the Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies for its Pazflor deep offshore development.

The prestigious award is presented annually to the company that has advanced deepwater oil expertise and technology as part of a major project. “Total is delighted with this award for Pazflor, which cements our position as an industry leader both in deep offshore and in managing large-scale international projects," said Yves-Louis Darricarrère, Upstream President at Total. Begun in December 2007 and covering an area of 600 sq. Km offshore Angola, in water depths ranging from 600 to 1,200 meters, Pazflor is an important landmark in the development of Total-operated Block 17. The Pazflor project integrated major technological breakthroughs in bringing challenging deepwater fields on stream. The technological feat—a world first—consisted of installing subsea separation units and pumps to boost the liquids from the three Late Miocene reservoirs near the production wells. This technological achievement is also a people-led success. As a part of Total’s commitment to increasing local content in its projects, a significant part of the Pazflor development was carried out in Angola.

As many as 4,500 people on four different continents were involved in the project at the same time, for a total of 32M hours worked, including 3.8M in Angola. With total capital expenditure of USD 9B, the Pazflor project benefited the entire Angolan economy through the participation of the country’s leading oil industry contractors.