MILAN -- Eni has sanctioned two new development projects, the Longhorn Phase II and the Appaloosa field, in the Greater Longhorn area in the US Gulf of Mexico. The Greater Longhorn Area lies in the Mississippi Canyon region, offshore Louisiana and includes the Eni-operated Corral platform, previously known as Crystal platform, and the Longhorn field currently under development.
The development of Longhorn Phase II provides for an additional subsea well that will be tied in to Corral platform. Expected peak rate will range from 30 to 50 MMcf/d, the company says. The Longhorn gas development project is located in Mississippi Canyon block 502 & 546 in 2,400 ft (732 m) of water. Production at Longhorn is expected to start in July, the company says.
The nearby Appaloosa unit consists of MC block 459, 460, and a portion of Mississippi Canyon blocks 503 and 504 in 2,800 ft (853 m) of water. Oil processing capacity at Corral platform will be upgraded to accommodate Appaloosa's first oil, which is expected to flow in January 2010 with a peak rate of 7,500 b/d of oil.
The company is planning an appraisal campaign on the Greater Longhorn area in second half of the year. Eni estimates that the potential of the Greater Longhorn Area in terms of reserves and exploration resources is approximately 100 MMboe.