French energy firm TotalEnergies has announced the roll out of its multi-energy strategy in the African country of Angola.
Announced today, 28th July, the company will launch its $850m Begonia oil field, and Quiluma and Maobqueiro gas fields developments, in addition to the country’s first solar project.
TotalEnergies has also announced the final investment decision for the Non Associated Gas 1 (NAG1) project, the first non-associated natural gas project developed in Angola.
The project – established with partners Eni, Chevron, Sonangol, and bp – aims to intake gas from the Quiluma and Maboqueiro offshore fields to improve the country’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) production capacity.
“With the NAG1 project, we will contribute to the country’s industrial development and enable Angola, from 2026, to increase its LNG production and to contribute to the security of supply of Europe and Asia,” commented Patrick Pouyanne, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies.
Energy security across Europe has been under fire over recent months due to instability caused by the Russian invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.
Having been reliant on Russia for around 40% of its natural gas, the EU is looking to diversify its LNG supply by appealing to countries such as the US and Japan.
The strengthening of worldwide LNG production in places such as Angola could increase energy security and mitigate the effect caused by the global breakdown in supply chains.
The plant – which became the world’s first LNG plant supplied with associated gas – has the capacity to process 1.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day and is used by Chevron to help meet the growing global demand for LNG.
Alongside the Ministry of Energy and Water and partners Sonangol and Greentech, TotalEnergies is developing a large-scale photovoltaic plant in Quilemba.
Set to come on stream at the end of 2023, the plant will have an initial capacity of 35 MWp (MegaWatt peak) with the potential to be scale up to 80 MWp in a second phase.
Through a fixed-price Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), the plant will contribute to the decarbonisation of Angola’s energy mix.
“Quilemba will us to harness the country’s solar potential and develop a sustainable model for the production of electricity,” added Pouyanne.
“These three projects demonstrate TotalEnergies’ ambition to support Angola during the energy transition by producing energy with low carbon intensity and developing renewables in a country with strong potential.”