Mellitah Oil & Gas, a joint venture (JV) of Eni and the National Oil Corporation (NOC), has begun production from the first well of the Bahr Essalam project’s Phase II at offshore Libya.
With two additional wells to commence production next week, seven other wells are scheduled to come on-stream by October this year.
The completion of Phase II is estimated to increase production of the offshore gas field by 400 million standard cubic feet of gas a day (mmscfd).
This completion is expected to take place between September and October this year, after which the total field production is set to reach 1,100mmscfd.
NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said: “NOC is committed to guaranteeing and increasing gas production in order to supply Libyan power plants. This will support the development of the domestic market and reduce costly liquid fuel imports.
“This strategy will free up significant financial resource; essential given the enormity of challenges across the country.”
Operated by Eni, Bahr Essalam is situated approximately 120km northwest of Tripoli and consists of more than 260 billion cubic metres of gas.
The gas from this project is delivered to the Mellitah onshore treatment plant via the Sabratha platform and is subsequently supplied throughout the Libyan network.
Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said: “Bahr Essalam is the product of a longstanding relationship between NOC and Eni, and represents an important milestone to ensure greater energy supply security for Libya.
“We are proud that Phase II will play an important role in supplying Libya with the necessary gas to fuel the country’s recovery over the next 15 years.”
Eni, which entered Libya in 1959, currently generates nearly 320,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the country.