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ENI HAS PUMPED first gas from the Tuna field, in the Temsah concession, off Egypt.

By the end of the ramp-up period in September, Tuna will be producing 4.5 mn cu m of gas per day, Eni said.

The field was developed via a new four-leg platform installed in about 80 metres of water. Gas is pumped from three producing wells before being carried along 14 kilometres of 24 inch pipeline to exisiting infrastructure.

Eni owns a 50 per cent stake in Temsah via its fully owned affiliate IEOC, with the remaining 50 per cent held by BP. Petrobel, a joint operating company equally owned by IEOC and EGPC, operates Tuna.

Eni added that an infill drilling campaign at the Temsah field, also in the Temsah concession, is continuing, as is development work at the Denise B field, which is expected to come into production next year.