Eni hits gas and condensates offshore Libya

offshore libyaEni has discovered gas and condensates offshore Libya at Bahr Essalam South exploration prospect located in Area D, 82 km from the coast and 22 km from the Bahr Essalam field

Eni, through its subsidiary Eni North Africa, is operator of Contract Area D with 100 per cent working interest in exploration phase.

The discovery was made through the B1-16/4 well, drilled at a water depth of 150 metres, which encountered gas and condensates in the Metlaoui Formation of Eocene age. During the production test, the well produced 821,188 cu/m per day and above 600 bpd of condensate with 64/64-inch choke size.

Once commercial production begins, the well is estimated to deliver in excess of 1.4mn cu/m per day and 1,000 bpd of condensate, the company said.

Eni is currently active offshore the North African country with three drilling rigs used in the exploration and initial delineation of Contract Area D’s discoveries.

The Italian multinational had started production in 2004 from the area D fields of Wafa and Bahr Essalam, which supply gas for domestic markets and Italy via the Greenstream sealine. These fields also yield high percentages of associated liquids.

Eni also aims at capitalising the significant commercial discoveries made in past years in Area D, and is undertaking an important exploration programme to support the constantly growing domestic demand.

Eni has been present in Libya since 1959 and currently produces approximately 350,000 boepd in the country.

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