Eni plans a further exploration well at Zohr to target deeper horizon identified on seismic data.
Eni was awarded the Shorouk Offshore licence in January 2014 as part of the 2012 EGAS licensing round. The acreage had previously been part of the large NEMED block, operated by Shell.
Shell shot 7,183 km2 of 3D seismic in 1999, which covered the southern part of the Shorouk Offshore Block. In 2007 Shell drilled one well in the southern part of the block, a dry hole.
Eni pledged to spend a minimum of US$30 million on the Shorouk Offshore block and shoot 2,650 km2 of 3D seismic. The company shot almost 2,942 km2 of 3D seismic on the block in 2015 and made the Zohr discovery with its first well on the block, Zohr-1 using the Saipem 10000 drill ship. Having invested US$107 million, first phase exploration commitments for the block were fulfilled by 2015.
Eni drilled Zohr-2, the first appraisal well in Q1 2016. The well was located 1.5 kilometres to the southeast of the Zohr-1 location, on the flank of the reef structure and tested gas from a 120m section fo the reservoir. A second appraisal well, Zohr-3 was spud in March 2016 and Eni plans a further appraisal well later in 2016.
(Source: Arab Energy News)