ExxonMobil begins work on West Africa field

Exxon Mobil Corporation has announced that its subsidiary, Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) Ltd (Esso), has started construction of the largest deepwater development offshore West Africa. The USD 3 billion Kizomba A project in Angola’s Block 15 has recoverable resources of approximately one billion barrels of oil and target production of 250,000 barrels per day. Kizomba A will develop the Hungo and Chocalho discoveries in water depths of 3300–4200 feet. The project will include the combination of a surface wellhead platform and subsea production system tied back to what will be the world’s largest Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading (FPSO) vessel. The FPSO will have 2.2 million-barrel storage capacity. First oil is scheduled for late 2004. Esso has awarded facilities construction and fabrication contracts valued at USD 2 billion for key onshore and offshore components of Kizomba A. A majority of the estimated 300 Esso operational personnel required for Kizomba A are expected to be Angolan nationals. Approximately 400 local jobs will be created in the Angolan port cities of Soyo and Lobito to support construction and fabrication contracts.

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