Oil and gas company Eni announces 5 exploration licenses in Egypt

EGYPT – Italian oil and gas company Eni has been awarded five new exploration licences, located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Western Desert, and Gulf of Suez, by the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum.

The licenses, four of which as the operator, are in the Egyptian offshore and onshore, and follow the successful participation to the 2021 competitive ‘Egypt International Bid Round for Petroleum Exploration and Exploitation’, which was previously announced by the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company through the Egypt Exploration and Production Gateway.

Eni said on Monday that the licenses are located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea (Block “EGY-MED-E5” in partnership with BP 50%-50% and Block “EGY-MED-E6” IEOC 100%), in the Gulf of Suez (Block “EGY-GOS-13” IEOC 100%) and in the Western Desert (Blocks “Egy-WD- 7” in partnership with APEX 50%-50% and “EGY-WD-9” IEOC 100%) with a total acreage of about 8,410 km2.

As explained by Eni, the licences are placed within prolific basins with proved petroleum systems able to generate liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons and can also rely on nearby existing producing and processing facilities and on a demanding market that will allow a quick valorization of the potential exploration discoveries.

Currently, Eni has equity hydrocarbon production of around 350,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in Egypt. It is part of Eni’s strategy to keep exploring and producing gas to sustain the Egyptian domestic market and contribute to LNG export, thanks to the restart of the Damietta LNG plant in February 2021. This was the first LNG cargo produced by the terminal after it was shut down in 2012.

In July last year, the oil group signed an agreement with state-owned Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) and Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signed a deal to assess the feasibility of producing hydrogen in Egypt.

The move is part of Eni’s major overhaul launched last year to transition into renewables and taper off its oil and gas output.

The groups will conduct a study into joint projects to produce both green hydrogens, using electricity generated from renewables, and blue hydrogen, through the storage of carbon dioxide.

The review will also analyse potential local consumption of hydrogen and opportunities for exports.

Egyptian authorities for the production and marketing of hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources as part of the Italian energy group’s strategy to diversify its activities.

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