Kaombo: innovative
ultra-deep-water offshore project

Lauched in April 2014, Kaombo is the first project on ultra-deep offshore Block 32, located off the Angolan coast. With 658 million barrels of estimated oil reserves situated at depths of up to 1,950 meters and spread across 800 square kilometers, Kaombo is one of Total’s greatest technical feats ever. It is the largest development to date, covering an area nearly eight times the size of Paris. This massive, complex project has some unique characteristics.

First, the water depths involved, which reach up to 1,950 meters. The extreme temperature and pressure conditions at such depths require the use of technology that is both reliable and cost-effective. Given these unprecedented depths, the Kaombo project is perfectly aligned with Total’s strategy of rising to the challenge of ultra-deep offshore.

Second, Kaombo’s reserves, which are estimated at 658 million barrels, for a production capacity of 230,000 barrels per day (b/d).

Third, the project’s particularly complex production system. In order to tap into oil deposits spread across six fields, covering a surface area of 800 square kilometers, Kaombo required the installation of 59 wells, making it the largest subsea well system in Angola for a single project. Some 300 kilometers of subsea pipelines now enable the six groups of reservoirs to be tied back to two FPSO units

Project scope TechnipFMC - BigLift

TechnipFMC Umbilicals was in charge of the engineering, procurement, fabrication and supply of umbilicals system. BigLift was entrusted with the logistical scope for TechnipFMC installation vessel Skandi Africa. Over a period of 2 years BigLift mobilized in total 5 vessels to transport steel tubes, umbillicals and buoyance modules.


BigLift in this project

The selected vessels by BigLift in Happy R and Happy D class (all flying the Dutch Flag) proved to be key in the logistics of the project. The logistical scope was performed in full compliance with the TechnipFMC QHSE requirements, with zero incidents and accidents.


Since June 2017, BigLift vessels – mostly Happy Rover, Happy Dynamic and Happy River – have sailed five times between Le Trait and Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Luanda, Lobito and Blok 32, off Angola. For every voyage the respective vessel was time-chartered for a number of months. Our vessels were used as floating logistic bases for our client’s installation vessel Skandi Africa, while the umbilicals were being laid.

The cargoes consisted of carousels, reels, buoyancy modules and containers. This cargo is perhaps not as impressive as other BigLift shipments, however, here our client was looking above all else for the availability of vessels, the response and flexibility of our teams and our involvement in safety. These qualities are further described under the button.