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The challenge faced by the Moho Nord project was how to simultaneously develop reserves from two distinct geological environments. Designed to produce discoveries made in the northern part of the Moho-Bilondo license, offshore the Republic of the Congo, Moho Nord came on stream in the first half of 2017.

Moho Nord is the second production hub operated by Total in Congo's deep waters. Located about 75 km from the coast, it came on stream nine years after the start-up of Moho Bilondo, the Group's first deep offshore production area in the Congo.

It was conceived to tap the discoveries in the northern part of the Moho Bilondo PEX (exploitation license).

It is Total's first deep water development to combine two different production systems for two distinct geological environments:

  • Miocene turbidite channels (5 to 11 million years old) with a complex architecture, where sand and clay alternate at shallow depths below the seabed (1,100 meters).
  • Albian fractured carbonates (100 to 112 million years old), buried much deeper below the seabed (3,000 meters).

That’s why it was necessary to use two types of floating structure, located 350 meters apart and connected by six transfer lines. The floating production unit (FPU) Likouf extracts oil from the Miocene reservoirs via a subsea production system that has amply proved its worth in Total’s many deep offshore developments. It consists of a production loop and a number of extended reach subsea wells. The tension-leg platform (TLP) produces oil from the Albian carbonate reservoirs via wells with dry Xmas trees located on the TLP. Multiphase production from the TLP is then exported to the FPU.

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  • Operators on the Skandi Africa Submarine Construction Vessel (SCV), Moho Nord project, Congo - Exploration & Production - Total
    Operators on the Skandi Africa Submarine Construction Vessel (SCV), Moho Nord project, Congo
  • The FPSO Likouf at sea, Congo - Exploration & Production - Total
    The FPSO Likouf at sea, Congo
  • Firefighter on a security exercise, Moho Nord project, Congo - Exploration & Production - Total
    Firefighter on a security exercise, Moho Nord project, Congo
  • The FPSO Likouf at sea, Congo - Exploration & Production - Total
    The FPSO Likouf at sea, Congo
  • Operator on the Skandi Africa vessel, Pointe Noire harbour. Moho Nord Project, Congo - Exploration-Production - Total
    Operator on the Skandi Africa vessel, Pointe Noire harbour. Moho Nord Project, Congo
  • Onshore equipment inspection, Moho Nord project, Congo - Exploration & Production - Total
    Onshore equipment inspection, Moho Nord project, Congo

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