Eni has started production at the Cinguvu oil field in the West Hub development project, Block 15/06, offshore Angola.
The development is located around 350km northwest of Luanda and 130km west of Soyo.
The West Hub development project includes the Sangos, Cinguvu, Mpungi, Mpungi North and Vandumbu fields, in 1000m to 1500m water depth.
The wells are arranged in clusters and linked to the N’Goma floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which is capable of treating 100,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd).
The Sangos and Cinguvu fields are producing around 60,000bopd.
Production is expected to increase to 100,000bopd in the fourth quarter of this year with the start-up of the third field, Mpungi. All three wells will be connected to the N’Goma FPSO.
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Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said: "A second field, Cinguvu, came on stream on time and on budget, after Sangos in November 2014, confirming our excellent track record in terms of efficiency, technology and innovation."
Italy-based Eni won the bid round in 2006 and started drilling 24 exploration and appraisal wells in Block 15/06, where it discovered more than 3 billion barrels of oil in place, and 850 million barrels of reserves.
Eni operates Block 15/06 with a 35% stake, with Sonangol EP as the concessionaire. Sonangol Pesquisa e Produção, SSI Fifteen and Falcon Oil Holding Angola own 35%, 25% and 5% stakes respectively.
The company intends to start up its East Hub development in 2017, which will increase overall production from Block 15/06 to 200,000 barrels of oil per day.
Image: Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi. Photo: courtesy of Eni.