Eni’s Baleine field offshore Africa “far exceeding” initial oil production predictions

November 23, 2023

(WO) – The President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara and Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi met in Abidjan to celebrate oil production start-up from the Baleine field, situated off the eastern coast of Côte d’Ivoire, and to review Eni's activities in the country.

Source: Eni

Eni and its partner Petroci have successfully initiated production from Baleine in August this year, achieving a time-to-market of less than two years from the giant discovery. Oil production from Baleine stands at 20,000 bpd, far exceeding the initial anticipated 12,000 bpd. The project is set to reach its plateau of 50,000 bopd by the end of 2024, upon completion of the second development phase; full field development is expected to enable the production of up to 150,000 bpd.

Baleine's gas production is entirely destined to the domestic market, strengthening access to energy in Côte d'Ivoire. Furthermore, the project is the first Net-Zero (Scope 1 and 2) development in Africa.

Eni has been operating in Côte d’Ivoire since 2015. In addition to blocks CI-101 and CI-802, on which the Baleine field extends, Eni owns interests in four other blocks in the Ivorian deepwater: CI-205, CI-504, CI-401 and CI-801, all with the same partner Petroci Holding.

Lead image source: Eni

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