The Girassol field, offshore Angola, is the largest deepwater subsea development ever brought into production. This development has been marked by three key dates: discovery (April 1996), sanction (July 1998) and first oil (December 2001). This paper gives a general description of the Girassol development, outlines the main challenges faced during the project phase, and explain how the subsurface uncertainties have been managed throughout the project.

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