highlights of operations
Chevron operates in Angola through its subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited, and we rank among the country’s top petroleum producers. We are investing billions of dollars in major energy projects intended to increase crude oil production and conserve natural gas.
Some of our most important investments are:
- Mafumeira Sul, the second stage of the offshore Mafumeira Field development
- Angola LNG, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Soyo
- Congo River Canyon Crossing Pipeline
In 2016, we expect to commission the Congo River Canyon Crossing Pipeline, report first production at Mafumeira Sul and restart the Angola LNG project, which produced its first shipment of liquefied natural gas in 2013.
Chevron has interests in two concessions in Angola, which we operate. We are Angola’s largest foreign oil industry employer. Nearly 89 percent of our workforce in the country is Angolan.
Our social investments in Angola focus on projects that aim to promote economic development, help train the local workforce, and improve access to educational opportunities and health care.
In Angola, Chevron operates through its wholly owned subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited. In 2015, our Angola operations had an average net daily production of 110,000 barrels of liquids and 55 million cubic feet of natural gas.
exploration and production
Chevron has an interest in two concessions: Block 0, off the coast of Cabinda Province, and Block 14, in deep water. We also have an interest in an onshore LNG joint venture, Angola LNG Limited.
Chevron operates and has a 39.2 percent interest in Block 0. In 2012, the offshore concession produced its 4 billionth barrel of crude oil. The block is divided into Areas A and B. Together they contain 21 fields that produced a net daily average of 85,000 barrels of liquids in 2015.
In the first quarter of 2015, production began at the Nemba Enhanced Secondary Recovery Stage 1 and 2 Project. Total daily production in 2015 averaged 7,000 barrels of crude oil (2,000 net). In addition to enhanced secondary recovery, this project eliminated routine flaring at the South Nemba platform.
The second stage of the Mafumeira Field development, known as Mafumeira Sul, includes a central processing facility, two wellhead platforms, approximately 75 miles (121 km) of subsea pipelines, 34 producing wells and 16 water-injection wells. The facility is designed for a capacity of 150,000 barrels of liquids and 350 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Construction, hook-up and development drilling continued during 2015. First production is planned for the second half of 2016. Ramp-up to full production is expected to continue through 2018.
Chevron operates and holds a 31 percent in a production-sharing contract for deepwater Block 14. In 2015, net daily production was 25,000 barrels of liquids from the Benguela Belize–Lobito Tomboco, Belize North, Benguela North, Tombua and Landana fields.
natural gas commercialization
Natural gas commercialization efforts are expected to monetize a total potentially recoverable resource of more than 3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and approximately 130 million barrels of liquids through export sales of LNG and natural gas liquids (NGLs). Chevron participates in two major commercialization projects: Angola LNG Limited and the Congo River Canyon Crossing Pipeline.
The 5.2 million-metric-ton-per-year LNG plant in Soyo is operated by Angola LNG Limited. Chevron holds a 36.4 percent interest in the project. The plant can process 1.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, with expected average total daily sales of 670 million cubic feet of natural gas and up to 63,000 barrels of NGLs.
This is the world’s first LNG plant supplied with associated gas—natural gas produced as a byproduct of crude oil production. Feedstock for the plant originates from multiple fields and operators. In early 2016, work was completed on plant modifications and capacity and reliability enhancements. The first LNG cargo is expected in the second quarter of 2016.
Congo river canyon crossing pipeline
Chevron holds a 38.1 percent interest in the Congo River Canyon Crossing Pipeline, which is designed to transport up to 250 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from Angola’s Blocks 0 and 14 to the Angola LNG plant in Soyo. The 87-mile (140-km) offshore pipeline crosses under the Congo River subsea canyon, one of the world’s largest underwater canyons. In mid-2015, this significant engineering challenge was overcome, and the final portion of the pipeline was completed. Start-up is planned for 2016.
Angola–Republic of the Congo joint development area
Chevron is the operator of and holds a 31.3 percent interest in the Lianzi Unitization Zone, which is in an area shared equally by Angola and Republic of the Congo. The Lianzi Project includes four producing wells and three water-injection wells with a subsea tieback to the Benguela Belize–Lobito Tomboco platform in Block 14. The project is designed for a capacity of 46,000 barrels of crude oil per day. During 2015, we completed fabrication, installation and the first drilling campaign activities. First production was announced in the fourth quarter.
in the community
Chevron works with Sonangol—the concessionaire—as well as business partners, the government of Angola and community members to identify needs. We then invest in programs that will create measurable and enduring value for both the community and our business.
We make strategic social investments in three areas: health, education and economic development. Since 1988, Chevron and our partners have invested more than $215 million in programs that support the health, education, economic, environmental and social needs of millions of Angolans.
For more than 20 years, Chevron has supported the Cabinda Blood Bank in its efforts to guarantee safe blood transfusion services in Cabinda Province. We provide medical supplies and diagnostic equipment, and we support training for health workers. More than 250,000 safe transfusions have been provided so far.
We joined the Ministry of Health and the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital to help establish the nation’s first comprehensive sickle cell screening and treatment program. The program strives for early diagnosis, better treatment of newborn babies, and increased awareness among Angolan families and health professionals. Since 2011, more than 136,000 babies have been screened.
In Luanda, the nation’s capital, we have supported the Instituto Medio Industrial de Luanda, a secondary school for more than 3,000 students. We contributed to teacher instruction, provided resources for science classes and computer labs, and donated a vehicle to transport students to offsite classes.
Some 20 miles (30 km) outside Luanda, we helped build the first primary school in the Bom Jesus Municipality. The school, built for 1,000 students, includes classrooms, staff offices, a library and a computer lab.
To help underserved children in Namibe Province, in southwestern Angola, Chevron helped remodel Colégio das Irmãs Doroteias, a primary school for more than 2,500 students. The entire facility was renovated and equipped.
- Chevron contributed $1 million to a project run by the U.N. Industrial Development Organization and the Angolan Ministry of Education. The program helped introduce entrepreneurship curricula in secondary schools. More than 29,000 students, 275 teachers and 70 administrators from 45 schools in eight of Angola’s 18 provinces received training.
- Chevron and our partners provide support and funds to build primary, middle, secondary and vocational schools in the provinces of Cabinda, Luanda and Kuando Kubango, benefiting more than 40,000 students.
- The competitive quiz Aprenda Brincando (Learn Through Playing) promotes essay writing outside the classroom and has reached more than 2,000 students in Cabinda.
- The Writing Contest, another competitive essay program, has benefited more than 2,500 students in Cabinda, Huambo and Luanda provinces.
- A scholarship program launched in 2011 aids high-performing students in Cabinda. The program has produced 46 graduates who are now employed in a variety of fields.
- In 2015, Chevron donated funds for an orphanage in Kuando Kubango for 150 children as well as a vocational education center at the orphanage.
agriculture and fishing
We work with our partners to promote more sustainable agricultural production and facilitate lasting business relationships among producers, suppliers, banks, processors and distributors. Our programs provide technical assistance to thousands of farmers, helping them improve efficiency and increase yields.
In 2009, Chevron launched a program to help small-scale fishermen in Cabinda Province. Since then, more than 3,500 fishermen and fishmongers have received training, equipment and access to credit and have cut their operating costs. Many have diversified their business portfolio and acquired equipment and supplies.
promoting small enterprise
Through business development programs, Chevron helps promote micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Angola. Our programs promote competitiveness by offering training and mentoring.
Chevron has established one business incubator center in Cabinda and helped launch another in Luanda.
Increasing the capabilities of individuals and organizations is a key feature of the social investment programs Chevron supports.
Over a five-year period that extends through 2017, Chevron is investing $1 million in the Lwini Foundation to support the foundation’s Training for Better Integration (FORMEI) program, which is geared toward disabled young people. FORMEI offers vocational courses in graphic and technical design and information technology. Graduates also gain on-the-job experience through paid internships at local companies, including Chevron. In 2015, we awarded a four-year university scholarship to one of our FORMEI interns.
Traffic accidents are the second-biggest cause of death in Angola. Since 2012, Chevron has partnered with Angola’s National Directorate of Road and Traffic to sponsor a national road safety campaign. In 2014, we helped sponsor the first national conference on road safety. And in 2015, we sponsored Cabinda’s first exhibition on road accident prevention.
record of achievement
our story in Angola
Chevron has been in this African nation since the 1930s, when Texaco® products were first marketed in Angola.
In 1958, Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited, Chevron’s wholly owned subsidiary in Angola, drilled its first onshore well. In 1966, its first offshore discovery led to delineation of the Malongo Field. The Takula Field was discovered in 1971. In 1975, oil was found in Block 2 of the Essungo Field.
In 1986, additional exploration by Chevron coincided with the delineation of Angola’s Block 0. To maintain optimal pressure during production, we began using water-injection technology at the Takula Field in 1990.
In 1997, Chevron announced the discovery of the Kuito Field, the first of a series of major oil finds in the Block 14 concession. Two years later, Kuito became Angola’s first producing deepwater field. In 2000, Texaco began engineering work on Angola’s first LNG project.
In 2015, Chevron reached an impressive milestone in Angola: 5 billion barrels produced from Block 0, offshore Cabinda. More than a billion of those barrels came from the Takula Field.
recognition for our work
In 2015, Chevron’s affiliate Cabinda Gulf Oil Co. (CABGOC) won the International Quality Crown Award for its commitment to quality, leadership, technology and innovation.
In 2013, at its third annual Sirius Awards, the Deloitte consulting firm recognized our efforts to help improve the quality of life for the people of Angola, designating Chevron as the company with the best corporate social responsibility program in Angola. The previous year, the Portuguese-language business magazine Exame named Chevron the Best Company in Angola for Excellence in Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Programs.
In 2010, the Angolan Ministry of Environment presented CABGOC with the Palanca Award for our contributions to the environment in Angola. Each year, the Palanca Award recognizes the efforts of those who strive to preserve the environment and use sustainable development principles. In 2013, the ministry again recognized Chevron for the company’s responsible environmental practices in Angola.
In 2009, Offshore magazine selected Tombua-Landana as one of the five most notable projects in the world. That year, the $3.8 billion project began production. The deepwater project includes 46 wells and has the fourth-highest compliant, or flexible, tower in the world. Considered a reference publication for the energy and gas industry, Offshore awarded the same distinction in 2005 to another Chevron project in Angola, the Benguela Belize–Lobito Tomboco project.
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