Italian explorer Eni has started production from Nené Marine field, situated offshore Congo-Brazzaville, eight months after obtaining the production permit and 16 months following discovery
The field is located in Marine XII Block, approximately 17 km from the coast, and is located at a water depth of 28 metres.
The Italian explorer said that the complete development of the field would take place in several stages and included the installation of production platforms, besides the drilling of over 30 wells with a plateau of over 140,000 boepd.
Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said, “The startup of Nené Marine field was achieved just eight months after obtaining the production permit is a great result for Eni and confirms our strategy of rapid exploitation of exploration resources.”
The first phase production has hit 7,500 boepd and was collected from a platform installed on the purpose. The crude oil was subsequently sent for treatment on the Zatchi production platform via a 17 km subsea pipeline.
During the production test, Nené Marine 3 well delivered in excess of 5,000 bpd with a density of 36° API.
In recent years, Eni has discovered around 3.5bn barrels of oil equivalent of resources in Marine XII Block, of which 1.5bn have been found at Nené Marine field.
The last discovery of Eni in Congo-Brazzaville was made in December 2014 through the Minsala Marine 1 exploration well, which hit over 5,000 barrels of light oil with a density of 41° API.
Eni, through its own subsidiary Eni Congo SA, is operator of Marine XII with a 65 per cent share stake. The other partners are New Age holding 25 per cent and Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo with 10 per cent stake.