Maersk Oil’s most important project in Angola is the deepwater field Chissonga. The appraisal drilling activity is complete and a field development plan is being matured to find the best way forward for the project.


Maersk Oil entered Angola in 2005 made the Chissonga, Caporolo and Cubal discoveries. It also made the Azul discovery, which generated world-wide interest as it was the first positive well in the Angolan deepwater presalt that mirrors the prolific offshore basins of Brazil.

Maersk Oil holds a 65% interest in the deepwater Block 16 in 2005 covering some 4,900 km2 and with water depths up to 1,500 metres, with partners Odebrecht (15%) and state oil company Sonangol P&P (20%).

The project is currently maturing the Chissonga project towards a final investment decision.


2013: The Cubal discovery was made.

2012: Further discovery in Block 16 with the Caporolo-1 well.

2011: Discovery of Azul in Block 23.

2009: Discovery of Chissonga in Block 16.

2005: Maersk Oil bought an interest in Block 16 offshore Angola.