Italian company Eni has completed the drilling of the Zohr 5x well on Zohr structure offshore Egypt.

The fifth well on Zohr structure, Zohr 5x confirmed the potential of the field at 30Tcf OGIP.

Located in 1,538m of water depth and 12km south-west from the Zohr 1x discovery well, Zohr 5x was drilled to the final total depth of 14,271ft.

"The data that was collected during the test confirmed the deliverability of the Zohr reservoir."

It proved the presence of a carbonatic reservoir abd gas accumulation in the south-western part of the Zohr mega-structure, encountering approximately 590ft of continuous hydrocarbon column in the carbonate sequence.

The latest results confirm the potential of the Zohr field at 30Tcf OGIP.

Eni also successfully tested the 90m well opening of reservoir section to production.

The data that was collected during the test confirmed the deliverability of the Zohr reservoir, in line with the Zohr 2 well test, producing more than 50mmscfd limited only by the constraints of the drilling ship production facilities.

The well is estimated to deliver up to 250mmscf a day in the production configuration.  

The company plans to continue the campaign on Zohr this year with the drilling of the sixth well, which is set to ensure the accelerated start up production rate of 1bcf a day. 

First gas from the field is expected by the end of next year.  

Eni owns a 100% stake in the Shorouk Block through its subsidiary IEOC Production. 

The activities are operated by Petrobel on behalf of the Petroshorouk company, which is equally owned by IEOC and Egyptian Natural Gas (EGAS).