On board the "Kaombo Norte” moored off the coast of Angola, work is life and privacy a luxury.

This massive 330 metre oil-extraction vessel owned by Total sits 250 kilometres northwest of Luanda, Angola’s capital.

Launched in April 2014, Kaombo is the first project on ultra-deep offshore Block 3 with an bountiful resources of oil with an estimated 658 million barrels of reserves. 

"Kaombo is twice as big as any previous Total oil project in the Gulf of Guinea. We are going deeper – from 1,400 to 1,950 meters and we are going further – 200 kilometers farther offshore. It is our largest development to date, covering an area nearly eight times the size of Paris," said Cyril de Coatpont, Kaombo Project Director.

Inside, daily life on the ship for the crew of about 100, is a 7 day week. They share narrow passages and confined spaces 24 hours a day.

Kaombo is an ultra-deep offshore project in Angola. Its aim is to develop oil deposits spread across six different fields, connected via 300 kilometers of subsea pipelines to two floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels: Kaombo Norte and Kaombo Sul. Image: Total

The ship is an oil tanker converted into a FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) vessel, pumping oil from 2,000 metres deep under the seabed into its vast holds before collection -- a major innovation for the industry claim Total. 

The Kaombo oil project will pump 230,000 barrels a day when its two ships are fully operational by 2019, according to the Daily Mail.  

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