Eni has brought on stream its Ndungu field in prolific Block 15/06 offshore Angola and aims to drill additional wells on the asset this year to beef up resources and production volumes.

The Italian major has made multiple discoveries on this licence, all of which have been fast-tracked to first oil over the past eight years or so.

This latest project, Ndungu Early Production, has been developed by subsea wells tied back to Eni’s Ngoma floating production, storage and offloading vessel in the western part of the block.

Eni described Ndungu as another example of how the company, in co-operation with Angola’s upstream regulator ANPG, “keeps creating value on Block 15/06 through its infrastructure-led exploration strategy, generating a pipeline of fast-track subsea tie-backs, thus maximising the use of existing facilities in the area in a sustainable manner”.

Production from Ndungu is expected to be about 20,000 barrels per day, volumes that will help sustain the plateau of the Ngoma FPSO.

Eni said the 100,000 bpd vessel is a “zero-discharge and zero-process flaring FPSO” that was upgraded last year to minimise emissions in line with the company’s decarbonisation strategy.

A further exploration and delineation campaign will be carried out in the first half of 2022 to assess the full potential of Ndungu.

Ndungu EP is the third start-up achieved by Eni in Block 15/06 in the past seven months after the Cuica early production system and the Cabaca North project.

Also in Block 15/06, Eni is in the midst of a tendering process for the provision of an FPSO for its fast-track, 1 billion barrel Agogo project.

The vessel will be designed to handle 120,000 bpd of oil and is due on stream in 2026.

Agogo is currently producing about 20,000 bpd as part of an early production system based on subsea wells tied back to one of Eni's nearby FPSOs.

Eni is expected to take a final investment decision on this project by the end of this year.

Bid processes are also underway for the project's subsea hardware as well as the transportation and installation of this equipment in 1700 metres of water.

Eni has a 36.84% operating stake in block 15/06 and is partnered by Sonangol and China's state-owned Sinopec.

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