Eni has successfully drilled a new appraisal well in the Nooros exploration prospect in the Abu Madi West license in Egypt’s Nile Delta region.
The discovery was made through the Nidoco North West 3 well, specifically the Nidoco NW 2 Dir well at the site.
The field, which is estimated to contain about 15 billion standard cubic metres of gas (GSM3) in place, beside to associate condensates, was discovered on July this year and put into production after just two months. It currently produces more than 15,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd). Production from the new well will start-up by the end of November.
“In parallel with the field development, Eni will continue its exploration activities in the license area, where it has identified a significant additional potential which will be tested through the drilling of another three new exploration wells"
Within 2015, Nooros field will have produced 30,000 boepd and is expected to reach a plateau of 70,000 boepd in the first half of 2016. The gas and condensates are sent to Abu Madi’s treatment plant, about 25 km from the discovery, and then routed in the Egyptian network.
Similarly to the discovery well, Nidoco NW3 was drilled from onshore to reach in deviation the Noroos reservoir located in the offshore shallow waters. The well encountered a 65m thick gas bearing sandstone layer of Messianian age with excellent petrophysical properties, the company said.
“In parallel with the field development, Eni will continue its exploration activities in the license area, where it has identified a significant additional potential which will be tested through the drilling of another three new exploration wells,” the company said in a statement.
Eni, through its subsidiary IEOC, holds a 75 per cent stake in the Abu Madi West licence, while BP holds a 25 per cent stake. The operator is Petrobel, held equally by IEOC and by the state company Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC).
Increased output in Western Desert
In addition to the activities in the Nile Delta, Eni reports that in October, in the Western Desert of Egypt it has reached a new production of 73,000 barrels of oil per day, doubling in just three years the level of production in the area.
The production increase was due to a growth in output from the Melehia West Deep field, in the Melehia license 290 km west of Alexandria. The new field, which contains oil and gas in the Lower Cretaceous and Jurassic’s deep geological layers, was discovered on January 2015 and, following an appraisal campaign, it has already achieved a production level of 12,000 bpd.
“Eni expects, with the next activities of the Melehia West Deep field, to bring production over 15,000 bopd also thanks to the start-up of the first treatment plant and the gas export of Melehia’s license by end of November,” according to the statement.
“These new finds with immediate return of production capacity are the result of Eni’s new strategy in the country, where the onshore have been addressed on high value activities able to grant the rapid development of the discoveries through existing infrastructures and synergies.”
Eni, through its subsidiary IEOC, holds a 100 per cent stake of the Melehia Deep license and a 76 per cent stake in the Melehia’s license, together with its partner Lukoil, which holds a 24 per cent stake. The operator is Agiba, a joint venture between IEOC and EGPC.
Eni is the leading oil and gas producer in Egypt with an equity production of around 190,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.