Italy-based Eni has started production from Mpungi field at the West Hub development in offshore Angola.

The field is located in the development project, within block 15/06 of the Angolan deep offshore, 350km north-west of Luanda and 130km west of Soyo.

The latest development follows the West Hub’s first oil produced from the Sangos field in November 2014, as well as the Cinguvu field in early April 2015.

During the first quarter of 2016, the start-up is expected ramp-up production to about 100,000 barrels of oil per day.

"The third start-up milestone of the West Hub development project has been achieved both on budget and on schedule."

The project will include development of the Sangos, Cinguvu, Mpungi, Mpungi North, Ochigufu and Vandumbu fields.

These deepwater offshore oilfields are located in block 15/06 at water depths ranging from 1,000m to 1,500m and are tied to the N’Goma floating production storage and offloading unit, which has a treatment capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil per day.

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Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said: "The third start-up milestone of the West Hub development project has been achieved both on budget and on schedule.

"This achievement reflects our ability to deliver major projects and confirms our excellent track record in terms of efficiency, technology and innovation."

Eni is also continuing its exploration programme in block 15/06 and plans to connect new discoveries to the existing production infrastructure if successful.

The company operates block 15/06 with a 36.84% interest. Remaining partners are Sonangol Pesquisa e Produção (36.84%) and SSI Fifteen (26.32%).