Eni Starts Third Zohr Unit
Italian producer Eni has started up the third production unit (T-2) of the Zohr project offshore Egypt, increasing the installed capacity by 400mn ft³/d to 1.2bn ft³/d. Zohr is now producing 1.1bn ft³/d in ramp-up. "This outstanding result has been achieved only a few months after the field’s start-up in December 2017," it said May 1o. Its partners are UK BP and UAE investment fund Mudabala (10% each) and Russian Rosneft (30%).
The third unit, following just one week after the second unit’s successful power-up, confirms the programme pursued by Eni, its co-venturers and Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (Egas) to pursue a production level of 2bn ft³/d by end 2018, followed by a plateau of 2.7bn ft³/d in 2019.
The Zohr field, the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediterranean Sea with more than 30 trillion ft³ of gas in place, is in the offshore Shorouk Block, of which Eni holds a 60% stake, Rosneft 30% and BP 10%.
The project is executed by Petrobel, the operating company jointly held by Eni and the state corporation Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), on behalf of Petroshorouk, jointly held by Eni and its partners; and the state company Egyptian Natural Gas holding Company (Egas).