Eni Reports Offshore Angola Discovery

Eni Reports Offshore Angola Discovery
Eni-operated JV reports success offshore Angola.

Eni announced a new oil discovery in Block 15/06 in the Kalimba exploration prospect in Angola’s deep offshore. The Italy-based company estimates the new discovery contains from 230 to 300 million barrels of light oil in place.

The West Gemini drillship drilled the Kalimba-1 NFW well in a water depth of 458 meters and reached a total depth of 1,901 meters, Eni said in a written statement. Kalimba-1 NFW, located approximately 150 kilometers offshore and 50 kilometers southeast from the Armada Olombendo FPSO (East Hub) proved 23 meters net oil pay of high-quality oil (33 degrees API) in Upper Miocene sandstones, the company added. Moreover, it stated that data from the well indicate a production capacity exceeding 5,000 barrels of oil per day.

Eni serves as operator of the discovery and owns a 36.8421-percent interest. The company said that it will work with others in the joint venture – Sonangol P&P (36.8421 percent) and SSI Fifteen Limited (26.3158 percent) – to appraise the updip of the discovery and begin studies to expedite its development.

According to Eni, the discovery creates new oil exploration opportunities in the southern part of Block 15/06 – long believed to be primarily gas-prone. In addition, the company stated that two oil development projects in the block – West Hub and East Hub – produce roughly 150,000 barrels per day. Later this year, Eni anticipates the following start-ups in Block 15/06:

  • The Upper Miocene in the East hub
  • The Subsea Boosting System for the Mpungi field
  • Linking the Vandumbu field to the West hub

“These start-ups will add further 30,000 barrels of oil to the overall production from Block 15/06, which in 2019 will exceed 170,000 bopd gross,” Eni stated.


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