Italian energy firm Eni has started production at the offshore Denis-Karawan (DEKA) gas project in Egypt through its partnership with BP.

The project is producing 1.8 million cubic metres of gas per day and associated condensates of around 800 barrels per day.

The production commenced through the new Denise South 6 subsea well, which is the first development well of the project situated in the Temsah concession area, in the offshore Nile Delta, Egypt.

"The project is producing 1.8 million cubic metres of gas per day and associated condensates of around 800 barrels per day."

DEKA’s production is expected to reach its peak in the first quarter of 2015 with a total gross gas rate of around 6.5 million cubic metres per day.

The project includes the development of offshore natural gas discoveries through drilling five wells.

The plans also include the installation of subsea production systems together with sealines and gas processing at the onshore El Gamil gas plant.

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Eni’s affiliate Ieoc Production owns a 50% working interest in the Temsah concession.

The Denise field is around 70km off the Egyptian coast, while the Karawan field is about 60km off the coast.

The Denise and Karawan fields are located in water depths of around 100m and 68m, respectively.

Eni has been operating in Egypt since 1954 and produced about 228,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2013.

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