Italian exploration and production firm Eni has brought on-stream the second production unit of the Zohr gas project, located offshore Egypt within the Shorouk Block, to ramp up production from the field.
The start-up of the T-1 production unit will result in a two-fold increase in the installed capacity at the project to 800 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) from the existing 400mmscfd, which translates to 150,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd).
The company intends to continue with its plan to ramp up production in a bid to achieve output of 1.2bcfd next month, 2bcfd by the end of this year and the production plateau of 2.7bcfd by next year.
Claimed to be the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediterranean Sea, the Zohr field is located around 190km north of Port Said.
The field was discovered in August 2015 and started production in December last year.
The development of the field is part of Eni’s ambition to end LNG imports this year.
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Eni holds a 60% stake in the Shorouk Block, while the remaining stake is owned by Rosneft (30%) and BP (10%).
Last month, the company entered a deal to offload a 10% stake in the concession to Mubadala Petroleum.
Having started operations in Egypt in 1954, Eni has equity of about 250,000boepd in terms of the country’s production.