Italian oil and gas company Eni has made a gas and condensate discovery in the Cape Three Points Block 4 (CTP-Block 4) offshore Ghana.

The discovery was made on the Akoma exploration prospect through the drilling of the Akoma – 1x exploration well, located approximately 50km offshore Ghana.

The Akoma-1x well was drilled by the Maersk Voyager drilling ship, reaching a total depth of 3,790m in water depths of 350m. The exploration drilling proved an estimated 18-20 million barrels of condensate and 550-650 billion cubic feet of gas.

Akoma-1x is the first well to be drilled in CTP-Block 4 and represents a potentially commercial discovery due to its proximity to existing infrastructures. The discovery is to be tied back to a floating production storage and offloading unit to extend its production plateau.

Eni has is planning further drilling to confirm additional oil and gas upside in the Akoma discovery.

Eni is the operator of CTP-Block 4, with an operating interest of 42.469%. Partners in the block include Vitol Upstream Tano (33.975%), GNPC (10%), Woodfields Upstream (9.556%) and Explorco (4%). Eni secured the operating licence for the block in September 2016 as part of a joint venture.

In a statement, the company said: “Ghana is among the key countries for Eni’s organic growth. The company has been present in the country since 2009 and accounts currently a gross production of about 60,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.”