ENI Begins Drilling Oman’s First Deepwater Offshore Well

Source Press Release
Company ENI 
Tags Production/Development, Strategy - Upstream, Upstream Activities
Date February 16, 2020

In a move that bodes well for efforts to harness Oman’s untapped offshore hydrocarbon potential, the local subsidiary of global energy major Eni has commenced drilling of what is billed as the first deep-water well in the Sultanate’s history.

A drillship chartered by Eni Oman commenced drilling activities in Block 52, a vast deepwater concession that extends off the Sultanate’s southern and south-eastern seaboard, a high-level executive said.

“Yes, I can confirm that drilling operations started on February 10 of this year,” said Salvatore Giammetti, Managing Director —Eni Oman. “This is the first offshore deepwater well in the history of Oman’’.

In remarks to journalists on the sidelines of a press briefing on the upcoming Oman Petroleum and Energy Show 2020 (OPES), Giammetti said the maiden well is a testament to Eni’s commitment to the Sultanate’s hydrocarbon sector.

“In the last two years, we have signed more than 16 (Oil & Gas) agreements in the Middle East. But Block 52 has been the first, and as a matter of fact, Oman was the first country in the region with which we have signed an agreement (following Eni’s return to this region after a long gap).”

Eni’s decision to drill its first deepwater offshore well — “against a very tight schedule” — was also aimed at demonstrating the energy major’s “fast-track approach” in the delivery of any exploration project, said Giammetti.

The Pacifica Bora, a drillship owned and operated by Pacific Drilling, is currently drilling in a water depth of around 880 metres in Block 52, the Managing Director said.

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