Italian energy firm Eni announced that production from Egypt's Zohr field has now reached more than 2.7bn cubic feet per day (bcfd), about 5 months ahead of schedule.
This follows the completion of all eight onshore treatment production units – the last one commissioned in April 2019 – and all sulphur production units in August, the production start-up of two wells in the southern culmination of the field (in addition to the ten wells already drilled in the northern culmination) as well as the start up on 18 August 2019 of the second 216 km long 30” pipeline connecting the offshore subsea production facilities to the onshore treatment plant.
The company says that this pipeline, combined with the completion of plant treatment capacity, could see the field's potential production rate shoot up to 3.2bcfd. The planned plateau rate is 2.7 bcfd.
Zohr field is the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediterranean Sea, is located within the offshore Shorouk Block. In the Block, Eni holds a 50% stake, Rosneft 30%, BP 10% and Mubadala Petroleum 10% of the contractor’s share.
The project is executed by Petrobel, the operating company jointly held by Eni and state company Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), on behalf of Petroshorouk, jointly held by the contractor (Eni and its partners) and the state company Egyptian Natural Gas holding Company (EGAS).
Eni has been present in Egypt since 1954, where it is the main producer with approximately 360,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day equity. Such production is expected to further grow within the year, thanks to the ramp-up of Zohr and the start-up of Baltim South West fields.