The Kizomba C development in block 15 off the Angolan coast started production from the Mondo field on 1 January 2008. The second phase consisting of the Saxi and Batuque fields will follow later in 2008.
Mondo production is expected to reach a plateau rate of 100,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd).
Production from the three fields (Mondo, Saxi and Batuque) in the Kizomba C Development is anticipated to plateau at a total of 200,000 bopd.
"Angola is the country that contributes the most to StatoilHydro's international portfolio and it is very important for StatoilHydro. We are excited to get another field into production in Angola" says Jon Bakken, StatoilHydro asset manager for block 15.
The addition of Kizomba C-Mondo increases StatoilHydro equity production from Angola to approximately 200,000 bopd.
Mondo, as the first Kizomba C field to come on stream, was discovered in 2000 and is located some 370 kilometres north-west of Luanda, the capital of Angola, in water depths of approximately 800 metres.
The Kizomba C Development includes two floating, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels, one for Mondo and one for Saxi/Batuque and a total of 36 subsea wells, 17 of which are for Kizomba C-Mondo.
Block 15: Kizomba C-Mondo is the fourth hub in block 15. The other three hubs are Kizomba A and B and Xikomba. A total of 33 exploration and appraisal wells have been drilled to date with 19 discoveries announced.
Participants in block 15: Esso Exploration Angola Limited (operator) (40.00 percent), BP Exploration (Angola) Limited (26.67), ENI Angola Exploration B.V (20.00) and StatoilHydro Angola (13.33).