Eni has commenced gas sales in partnership with the Algerian state company Sonatrach, from the MenzelLedjmet East (MLE) field,located in Block 405b. The multi-fluid processing plant, which came on stream on 31 January 2013, allows for the treatment of rich gas for the daily production and sale of 333MMscf/d of gas, 15,000 barrels of oil and condensate and 12,000 barrels of LPG. The project was completed around four years after Eni’s acquisition, in December 2008, of the Canadian company First Calgary Petroleum, which owns the block.
Eni has been present in Algeria since 1981 and participates in 24 exploration and development licenses which are currently in production, and in eight permits under development. In 2012, Eni was the leading producer in the country with a daily equity production of approximately 80,000 barrels of oil equivalent. With the start of production at the MLE field and other projects, Eni strengthens its presence in the country, and expects to achieve a daily equity production of 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent in 2013.