Eni has made a gas discovery in the Nooros exploration prospect, located in the Abu Madi West license in the Nile Delta, 120 km northeast of Alexandria, Egypt. Preliminary estimates of the discovery account for a potential of 15 billion cu m of gas in place with upside, plus associated condensates.
Eni achieved the exploration success through the Nidoco NW2 Dir NFW well, which reached a total depth of 3,600 m and encountered a 60-m thick gas-bearing sandstone interval of Messianian age with excellent petrophysical properties, further of other gas layers in the overlying Pliocene section.
The new discovery will be put into production in two months through a tie-in to the existing Abu Madi gas treatment plant, located 25 km southeast.
This discovery is the result of Eni’s strategy to re-focus its activity on near-field and incremental exploration opportunities with high potential value. In case of success, this allows their quick exploitation through the already existing and synergic nearby infrastructures.
Eni, through its subsidiary Ieoc Production BV, holds a 75% working interest in the West Abu Madi development lease, with BP as a partner with 25%. Petrobel, owned by Ieoc (50%) and EGPC (50%), is the operator of the concession.