Kinshasa, Congo – Italy’s multinational oil and gas exploration and production company Eni has made a new exploration discovery in the Marine XII block located approximately 17 km (10.6 miles) offshore Congo.
The exploration well, Nene Marine 3 was drilled in a water depth of 28 m (92 ft) and has encountered a significant wet gas and light oil accumulation in the presalt clastic sequence outlining a significant extension to the west of the reservoir and its hydraulic continuity. Nene Marine 3 is located 2 km (1 mile) from the discovery well Nene Marine 1 and 4 km (2.5 miles) from Nene Marine 2, Eni said in a press release.
During the production test in the oil interval, the well flowed more than 5,000 b/d of 36°API oil. Following the results of the well, Eni estimates that the discovery of Nene Marine field contains 1.2 Bbbl of oil and 30 Bcm (1 Tcf) of gas in place. The overall potential of the Nene Marine and of the neighboring Litchjendilj Marine fields is estimated to be about 2.5 Bboe in place, according to the release.
Eni, which holds 65% of the Marine XII block, activated with the joint venture’s partners New Age (25%) and the national company SNPC (Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo, 10%) the studies to ensure a rapid commercial development of these significant hydrocarbon reserves with the aim of launching a first oil production from 2016.