Eni announces a gas discovery in Egyptian Western Desert

eni 31Eni continues to boost oil and gas activities in North Africa. (Image source: John R Perry/Pixabay)Eni, Africa-focused oil and gas company, has announced a gas discovery in the Egyptian Western Desert

The discovery well has been drilled on the Faramid South exploration prospect located in East Obayed concession, 30 km North-West of the Melehia Concession.

The well, reaching the target depth of 17,000 ft and encountering several gas-bearing layers in the Kathabta sandstones of Jurassic age, has been opened to production delivering 25 mmscfd, confirming the potential of the East Obayed Concession.

Eni has started the studies to develop these relevant gas reserves that, together with the gas potential of the Melehia Concession, aim to increase the country gas production from the Western Desert Basin.

The oil and gas major, through its operating company AGIBA, which is equally held by Eni subsidiary IEOC and the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), currently produces 55,000 boepd from the Egyptian Western Desert. AGIBA owns 100 per cent of the East Obayed Concession.

Eni has been present in Egypt since 1954, where is the main producer with approximately 320,000 boepd equity. Such production is expected to further grow within the year, mainly due to the ramp-up of the Zohr field.

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