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Congo opens doors to Eni to speed up offshore developments

Eni Nene Marine project to follow ongoing Litchendjili

2B1st_Project_Smart_Explorer_Sales_Pursuit_ToolLast December Eni CEO Paulo Scaroni hosted a meeting in Roma with the President of Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville) to review the major discoveries made by the Italian company that could boost the economical and social development of the African country.

In that respect the on going execution of the Litchendjili gas field project is paving the way to the development on fast track of the new Nene Marine project.

Eni_Congo_Litchendjili_Nene_Marine_Project_MapSecond largest operator in Congo after Total, Eni is active in Congo since 1968 and currently produces 110,000 barrels per day (b/d) in this country.

On the last years Eni made two major discoveries in the shallow water of the Congo continental shelf.

Together with his partners, New Age (African Global Energy) Limited (New Age) and the Societe Nationale des Petroles du Congo (SNPC), Eni started to explore the Marine XII Block Located no more than 15 kilometers offshore the Congo coastline, 40 kilometers northwest of Djeno.

In this Marine XII Block Eni and its partners share the working interests in such a way that:

 – Eni 65% is the operator

 – New Age 25%

 – SNPC 10%

Within this Marine XII, Eni made a first discovery with the liquids-rich Litchendjili gas field and a bit further from the shoreline the Nene Marine crude oil and gas field.

Saipem at work on Eni Litchendjili and Nene Marine 

Eni and its partners, New Age and SNPC, estimate Litchendjili and Nene Marine to hold in-place reserves of:

 – 2.5 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas

 – 1 billion of barrels of crude oil.

The development of the Litchendjili gas and condensate is on going with Saipem in charge of the execution.

From Litchendjili, Eni is planning to produce 73,500 cubic feet per day (cf/d) of gas to supply Djeno power plant in the south of Pointe Noire.

Eni_Congo_Nene_Marine_ProjectTreated on the offshore platform, the condensate will be exported to Djeno Total liquid hydrocarbons terminal.

The Litchendjili offshore platform will be remotely operated, meaning without manpower on board.

Eni is expecting the Litchendjili project to come into commercial operations in 2015.

Discovered in August 2012 by only 24 meters of water depth and 3,000 meters of total depth, Nene Marine appeared immediately very promising.

The main question to define its development strategy was lying on the actual size of the upside to come on the top of the first discoveries.

This evaluation required addition delineation wells before moving ahead into an effective development.

Anyway, Eni is deploying in the West Africa region a new strategy in order to speed up the transfer from exploration phase to production phase.

Therefore, while the Nene Marine crude oil field is still in exploration phase, Eni and its partners, New Age and SNPC, have decided to move it into the front end engineering and design (FEED).

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