SAN DONATO MILANESE, Italy – Eni is claiming a significant gas/condensate discovery in the Bahr Essalam South structure, 82 km (51 mi) offshore Libya.
The location is in Area D, 22 km (13.7 mi) from the producingBahr Essalam field. Eni North has a 100% operated interest in the concession.
The B1-16/4 discovery well, drilled in 150 m (492 ft) of water, encountered gas and condensates in the Eocoen-age Metlaoui formation.
During testing, constrained by surface facilities, the well flowed 29 MMcf/d (821,189 cm/d) of gas and more than 600 b/d of condensate with a 64/64-in. choke. In a production scenario, the well could deliver more than 50 MMcf/d (1.4 MMcm/d) and 1,000 b/d, Eni added.
Its proximity to the Bahr Essalam infrastructures should facilitate a fasttrack development.
Eni currently has three offshore drilling rigs involved in the exploration and delineation of Contract Area D’s discoveries.
The company started production in 2004 from the area D fields of Wafa and Bahr Essalam, both of which supply gas for Libya’s domestic markets and for export to Italy via the Greenstream pipeline in the Mediterranean Sea.
Both fields also have high percentages of associated liquids.