TotalEnergies, pioneer in Angola with the launch of the Kaminho project TEY_post_Martin-DEFFONTAINESS

The Kaminho development represents a new technological era. The FPSO sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency.

Martin DEFFONTAINES Country Chair and Managing Director TOTALENERGIES ANGOLA

TotalEnergies, pioneer in Angola with the launch of the Kaminho project

July 8, 2024

Martin Deffontaines, country chair and managing director of TotalEnergies Angola, talks to The Energy Year about the company’s most important achievements in the last 12 months, its key strategic and operational priorities for 2024 and project details on the Kaminho project. TotalEnergies Angola is the primary deep offshore operator in Angola.

What were the most important achievements of TotalEnergies Angola in the last 12 months?
We have accomplished several significant achievements this year as we celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary worldwide. However, I would say that the most important achievement was the final investment decision we took last May for the first offshore development in the Kwanza Basin’s Block 20, Kaminho, which will be our 7th operated FPSO in the country.
This illustrates our pioneer spirit, one of TotalEnergies’ values, and our long-standing relationship with Angola, where we experienced huge innovation and technological breakthroughs, with some world-firsts recognised internationally through several prizes awarded for our operations in Block 17 and Block 32.
The Kaminho development represents a new technological era. It comprises the conversion of a very large crude carrier into an FPSO unit, which will be connected to a subsea production network. It has been designed to minimise greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and eliminate routine flaring.
This FPSO sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency. It has a full electric platform, centralised energy generation, a heat recovery unit and variable speed compressors, and the associated gas is fully reinjected in the reservoir.
This clearly showcases that this development leverages innovation, which fits with our investment criteria, such as a low breakeven carbon intensity, improving the average intensity of our assets worldwide.

What are TotalEnergies Angola’s key strategic and operational priorities for 2024?
Our strategy is based on developing more energy with less emissions while becoming always more sustainable. The Kaminho FID was one of the first strategic priorities. It is a project providing incremental production with low CO2 emissions. We are maturing a rich portfolio of pre-FID projects on our operated assets, and we plan to continue developing them while focusing on nearby exploration in parallel.
The Quilemba solar plant is another priority. We are clearly paving our multi-energy ambition in Angola.
Regarding operational priorities, I would say the closed flare module installation on the Dalia FPSO planned for the last quarter of this year is key for me. We have stringent GHG policies, and we have already achieved unprecedented emissions reductions. More specifically, we have reduced flaring by more than 70% since 2015, while adding two additional FPSO units, with Kaombo in Block 32.

What is the expected timeline, and what are the project details for the upcoming Cameia-Golfinho development, the Kaminho project?
With the FID, the project execution phase has formally started, the teams are mobilising on the different construction yards, the engineering is progressing, and the first detailed drawings have already been issued.
We intend to keep robust track of the planning and approved budget. First oil is planned for 2028.

What is the potential for gas developments to reshape Angola’s exploration and production value chain?
For TotalEnergies, LNG is of great importance, as it is aligned with our net-zero 2050 ambition. Gas represents a transition energy and is a reliable back-up for intermittent renewable energy sources such as solar. This flexible energy source is fully integrated within our low-carbon energy strategy.
We are partners of the first gas consortium in the country(the New Gas Consortium). It was launched in 2023, and we expect to start production from Congo Basin gasfields in 2026, with 4 bcm of gas per year estimated. This will feed the Angola LNG plant and Soyo’s combined-cycle energy facilities.


How important will Angola continue to be going forward in TotalEnergies’ global portfolio?
Angola has great potential and is key to our E&P branch. We are a major oil producer in Angola and have a clear ambition to focus on developing oil and gasfields at a low cost and with low emissions while developing renewables in parallel as part of our multi-energy strategy. We have already committed to this strategy with the authorities and our partners.

What are the potential synergies that TotalEnergies Angola can offer to any upcoming upstream operations in Namibia?
Of course, collaborative efforts and synergies can yield substantial benefits in the oil industry. Namibia has already benefited significantly from our Angolan experience and expertise in exploration. We are also sharing infrastructure, logistics support and local capabilities when possible. We’ve seen this happening in other regions, and we will for sure continue to develop synergies between neighbouring countries.

What are the latest developments regarding TotalEnergies’ Quilemba solar project?
The project is led by a consortium between TotalEnergies, Sonangol and Greentech. We are very close to starting construction in the coming months. The last negotiation rounds are ongoing with bidders and local authorities to finalise the award and launch the construction of the 35-MW solar plant in Quilemba, which is north of Lubango, the capital of Huíla province.
After the signing of the public-private partnership agreements and the energy supply contract with RNT (Rede Nacional de Transporte) last year, these last months were important for aligning expectations with our stakeholders, including the local communities, and for receiving environmental and construction licences from the government. From the consortium’s side, we are ready and eager to start the construction phase.

What is TotalEnergies’ approach to developing decarbonisation initiatives in its Angolan operations?
By producing differently, we have already decreased a lot of the flaring on our installations, and we are continuing to reduce our GHG emissions by activating all levers (e.g., energy efficiency, better monitoring and design upgrades).
In addition to the closed flare systems, which will be installed on our FPSOs, we have innovative initiatives that contribute significantly to reducing our emissions, such as air filtration upgrades, valve upgrades and increases in turbine reliability, allowing us to decrease the number of running turbines.
Furthermore, we are investing in brownfield projects, such as satellite field tiebacks and infill wells, which will increase production and contribute to decreasing carbon intensity and have a positive overall impact on the carbon footprint of our activities.
Concerning methane emissions, we are deploying a state-of-the-art methane monitor sensor placed on a drone, called AUSEA. It monitors our emissions during our annual campaign and allows us to pinpoint the improvements we need. This technology is shared with some of our partners, including Sonangol Pesquisa and Produção, showcasing industry efforts to curb methane emissions, as we are members of the UN OGMP 2.0 global initiative.
It is also important to highlight that our offshore and onshore facilities are all ISO 50001 Energy Management certified.

What is TotalEnergies’ vision of the future in Angola?
We have a long-term commitment with Angola. We believe in the country’s potential, particularly its rich natural resources, which are supported by the stability of its contractual and fiscal conditions, creating a favourable environment to attract investments. We are proud to be a key partner in Angola, and we’ve been present in the country for more than 70 years.
However, our commitment to Angola extends beyond the energy sector. We place a significant focus on social responsibility and cultural ties. The Eiffel public schools project is a prime example of this commitment, which emphasises education for the youth in various provinces of Angola.
These schools offer premium teaching. The Eiffel network recently expanded with the construction of two new schools (located in Moxico and Huambo), joining the existing four schools located in Cunene, Malanje, Bengo and Kwanza Norte.
Furthermore, with the aim of reinforcing our pioneering spirit and commitment to social responsibility, and as we celebrate our 100-year worldwide anniversary, we launched the “100 anos, 100 empreendedores” project. The objective is to select, promote and support 100 Angolan entrepreneurs, both men and women, to develop their ideas and business proposals. This entrepreneurship competition aims to contribute to the diversification and sustainable transformation of the Angolan economy.
In summary, looking ahead we see that Angola has enormous potential for TotalEnergies in its multi-energy strategy. We are committed to sustaining the country’s energy transition by producing more energy, reducing its GHG emissions and developing its activities in an always-more-sustainable way. We rely on our long-lasting relationship to perform this joint journey.

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