Eni is set to lead a US$2 billion bidding process for a pipeline and two new fixed platforms that are part of the offshore Angola Northern Gas Project (NGP).
The first phase will develop the Maboqueiro and Quiluma fields in Block 1 off the northwest coast of Angola, both of which will host a wellhead platform. Eni announced that the bidding process for these two offshore platforms as well as the acquisition of the export pipeline are being finalized.
The initial engineering and design are currently being completed with new gas extraction, scheduled for 2023, expected to produce an estimated 350 million cubic feet per day.
This project will be followed by the Northern Angola Shallow Gas Consortium signed late last year, which comprises Eni, BP, Total, Chevron and state-owned operator Sonangol.
Today, Quiluma is estimated to contain about 1.5 trillion cubic feet of gas, but the resources at Maboqueiro are currently unknown. Chevron previously drilled two wells in the Quiluma field of which the primary was tested in a Lower Miocene zone.
The Maboqueiro-1, drilled by Shell in the 80s, was originally thought to be dry. However, further exploration has revealed that it does in fact still contain gas.
These two gas fields are not the only ones that ENI aims to develop, as it appears that other prospects and opportunities have already been discovered in the region. In addition to Block 1, the group has the rights to explore and develop gas in three other blocks, including Blocks 2 and 3.
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by Nicolas Boudou