Italian Eni will complete the implementation of the sixth natural gas processing unit in the Zohr field by the end of this month, bringing the project’s production to about 2.3bn cubic feet of gas per day (scf/day), compared to 2.1bn scf/day now.
A source at the petroleum sector told Daily News Egypt that Eni has completed drilling the 10th well at Zohr amid the gradual connection of the field’s production to the gas processing unit.
He pointed out that the average production of the well at Zohr will be 250m scf/day. The production from the field’s 10 wells was reduced until the sixth processing unit is completed to increase the capacity to 2.4bn scf/day.
The source explained that drilling a single well in Zohr requires two months. Currently, preparations are made to drill the 10th well.
He added that the average capacity of the processing unit is estimated at 400m scf/day.
The source noted that the company has completed drilling 10 wells in the deep waters of the Mediterranean Sea to produce 2.1bn scf/day.
He pointed out that completing the development of the second phase of Zohr will take place in June, increasing the total production capacity to 2.95bn scf/day, compared to 2.7bn stipulated in the development plan.
He added that Eni aims to invest about $4bn in the development of the second phase of Zohr this year, increasing the company’s total investments in the project to $16bn.
The source stressed that the Ministry of Petroleum seeks to speed up the implementation of the next phase of Zohr upon the directives of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to speed up connecting the project’s production to the national grid.
In cooperation with the foreign partner, the ministry has managed to reduce the time required for implementing the project and increase gas production from Zohr to 2.1bn scf/day at the beginning of this year.
Production was connected to the new land plant in Port Said in order to process it and pump it again to the national gas grid after implementing the technical operation tests of the processing units and the gas transport lines from the wells of the field to the processing plant.