First oil from the Vandumbu field was achieved on late November 2018, three months ahead of schedule. This, along with the start-up of a Subsea Multiphase Boosting System (SMBS) achieved on early December, is boosting the oil production from Block 15/06 by 20,000 barrels of oil per day via West Hub’s N’Goma FPSO. The ramp-up of Vandumbu will be completed in Q1 2019, to achieve a total production of about 170,000 barrels of oil per day and further extending the production plateau.
The two start-ups mark a further step forward in the phased and clustered development strategy that Eni has adopted for Block 15/06, and which has allowed the start-up of eight fields since November 2014, when production from West Hub started from the Sangos field.
Block 15/06 is developed by a Joint Venture formed by Eni (36.84%, Operator), Sonangol P&P (36.84%) and SSI Fifteen Limited (26.32%).
Eni has been present in Angola since 1980 and currently accounts an equity production of about 150,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.