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Maersk Oil entered Angola in 2005 and has since made the Chissonga discovery, declared commercial in 2011, and the Azul discovery, which generated world-wide interest as the first positive deepwater presalt well in the Angolan analogue to the prolific offshore regions of Brazil.


2005: Purchase of 50% interest in the deepwater Block 16 covering some 4,900 km2 and with water depths up to 1,500 metres. Now, we hold a 65% interest, with partners state oil company Sonangol P&P (20%) and Odebrecht (15%).

2006: Production Sharing Agreements for Blocks 8 and 23 with an operated interest of 50% partnering with Sonangol (20%) and Svenska Petroleum (30%).

They lie in the offshore Kwanza basin and cover a combined area of 9,780 km2 with water depths up to 500 metres (Block 8) and 1,500 metres (Block 23).

2009: Discovery of Chissonga in Block 16.

2011: Discovery of Azul in Block 23.

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

2013: The Cubal discovery was made.


Seismic reprocessing and interpretation continues in all three blocks.


Chissonga appraisal drilling activity is complete and a field development plan is being matured.



  • Our use of advanced seismic technologies enabled the discovery of Chissonga in a block that had been extensively drilled by previous operators without success.
  • 11 deepwater wells have been drilled offshore Angola since 2009.


Maersk Oil has developed a social impact program ‘Acção Para Angola’ (Action for Angola) that aims to have a holistic and integrated approach to the implementation of social investments. Some investments so far include:

  • An integrated schooling, food, water & sanitation programme in Benguela province, impacting over 2,000 people.
  • A programme that focuses on providing business development training and assistance in formulating business plans for female entrepreneurs. The successful ones will be eligible for micro-loan.
  • Capacity building around hygiene and sanitation jointly with the local government and local development organisation.
  • Technical assistance provided to 20 local communities in managing and cultivating their agro-business, and with basic health assistance.
  • Access to safe water in Malanje by drilling water wells.

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