First oil production is achieved at ENI’s offshore Mpungi field, in the West Hub development in Angola’s Deep Offshore.
Italian based major ENI announced the news Monday January 11th stating that they are looking to ‘ramp-up’ production, to around 100,000 barrels of oil per day, during the first quarter of 2016.
First Oil Production
The Mpungi oil field, is ENI’s third completed phase of the firm’s West Hub Development, and achieved first oil production on schedule and under budget.
Mpungi’s startup follows on from production being achieved at the development’s Sangos field in November 2014 and the Cinguvu field in early April 2015.
Commenting on the news, 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.”
The Mpungi field, located 81 miles (130km) offshore Angola, sits in the Angolan Deep Offshore, in water depths ranging 3281 feet (1,000m) to 4921 feet (1,500m).
The field is part of the wider West Hub Development, including producing oil fields Cinguvu and Sangos; and under development fields Mpungi North, Ochigufu and Vandumbu.
All oil and gas fields within the offshore development tie-back to the N’Goma FPSO, 9 miles (15km) from the Mpungi Field.
The N’Goma FPSO is on permanent lease to ENI from dutch owners SBM Offshore. The 255,920 tonne vessel, measuring 1,205 feet (367m) long, has been designed with the capacity to process 100,000 barrels of oil per day.