The Ivory Coast wants Italian major Eni to bring on stream the $11 billion full-field development of its offshore Baleine discovery earlier than 2026, the operator’s current target.

Discovered last year, Baleine will be exploited in phases, with its first stage due online in the second quarter of 2023 using the Firenze floating production, storage and offloading vessel.

However, phase two will involve a far larger FPSO, with Eni set to issue bid documents in 2023 for the floater and subsea hardware, ahead of a final investment decision later in 2023.