SAN DONATO MILANESE, Italy – Mellitah Oil & Gas, the joint venture between Eni and Libya’s NOC, has started production from the first well of the Bahr Essalam Phase 2 project in the Mediterranean Sea offshore Libya.
Start-up was three years after the final investment decision. Two further wells are due to enter production during the next few days. With a further seven set to come onstream by October.
Phase 2 will complete development of the country’s largest producing gas field, Eni said, increasing its production potential by 400 MMcf/d.
By October, the field’s total output should reach 1.1 bcf/d.
Bahr Essalam, 120 km (75 mi) northwest of Tripoli, contains more than 260 bcm of gas. This is delivered through the Sabratha platform to the onshore Mellitah treatment plant, with most of the supplies directed to Libya’s national network.
NOC chairman Eng. Mustafa Sanalla said: “NOC is committed to guaranteeing and increasing gas production in order to supply Libyan power plants. This will support the development of the domestic market and reduce costly liquid fuel imports.
“This strategy will free up significant financial resources; essential given the enormity of challenges across the country.”