Italy’s Eni announces 5 exploration licenses in Egypt’s Eastern Mediterranean

The Italian company Eni announced that on Monday that it won five new exploration licenses obtained from the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, after participating in the global bid for oil exploration in 2021.

The company said in a statement that the bid was previously announced by the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company, through Egypt upstream Gateway Project.

Eni explained 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 sqkm.

It added that the licenses 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.

The bid results are aligned with Eni’s strategy to keep exploring and producing gas to sustain the Egyptian domestic market and contribute to LNG export, thanks to the recent restart of the Damietta LNG plant.

Eni has been present in Egypt since 1954 and is currently the country’s main producer with equity hydrocarbon production of around 350,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.


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