Eni, PetroVietnam Ink PSCs for Myanmar's Offshore Blocks MD-2, MD-4

Italy's Eni S.p.A., announced Tuesday that following its participation in the competitive International Bid Round launched by the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, signed two Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) for offshore blocks MD-02 and MD-04. The contracts were signed in Nay Pyi Taw, in the presence of the country’s Energy Minister. The Joint Venture is between Eni, the Operator with an 80 percent participating interest through Eni Myanmar B.V, and PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corporation Limited (20 percent).

MD-2 Block is located in the southern part of the Bay of Bengal, in the Rakhine Basin, approximately 84 miles (135 kilometers) from the coast, west of the Yadana field, the major offshore discovery in Myanmar. The Block covers an area of 3,988 square miles (10,330 square kilometers) in water depths ranging from 1,640 to 7,874 feet (500 to 2400 meters).

MD-4 Block is located in the Moattama-South Andaman Basin, approximately 143 miles (230 kilometers) from the coast, west of the Yetagun gas field. The block covers an area of 2,278 square miles (5,900 square kilometers) in water depths ranging from 4,921 to 7,218 feet (1,500 to 2,200 meters).

“With the contracts signed today, we have further expanded our exploration portfolio through new and important opportunities, which allow Eni to strengthen its presence in a Country with a significant potential and a rapidly developing economy. Today we become one of the largest operators in the exploration activities in Myanmar, taking a further step in our organic growth strategy in Southeast Asia where we are already present in China, Vietnam and Indonesia”, Eni’s CEO Claudio Descalzi said.

The contracts for the two blocks foresee a study period of two years, followed by an exploration period of six years, subdivided in 3 phases.

Eni entered Myanmar in July 2014, signing the Production Sharing Contracts for the exploration of two onshore Blocks, RSF-5 and PSC-K, located in the prolific Salin Basin and the unexplored Pegu Yoma-Sittaung Basin, respectively.

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