Eni has made an exploration discovery in the Marine XII Block located approximately 17 km offshore Congo. The exploration well, Nene Marine 3, was drilled in a water depth of 28 m and has encountered a significant wet gas and light oil accumulation in the pre-salt clastic sequence outlining a significant extension to the west of the reservoir and its hydraulic continuity.
Nene Marine 3 is located 2 km from the discovery well Nene Marine 1 and 4 km from Nene Marine 2. During the production test in the oil interval, the well produced more than 5,000 bbl/day at 36° API gravity.
Following the results of the well, Eni estimates that the discovery of Nene Marine field contains 1.2 billion bbl of oil and 30 billion cu m of gas in place. The overall potential of the Nene Marine and of the neighboring Litchjendilj Marine fields is estimated in about 2.5 billion BOE in place.
Eni, which holds 65% of the Marine XII Block, activated the studies with the joint venture’s partners New Age (25%) and the Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo (10%) to ensure a rapid commercial development of these hydrocarbon reserves with the aim of launching a first oil production from 2016.
Eni has been present in Congo since 1968 and has an oil equity production of 105,000 bbl/day in the country. Eni currently participates in exploration and production projects in Angola, Congo, Ghana, Gabon, Mozambique, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Liberia.