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ENI Makes Another “Significant“  Discovery in Côte d’Ivoire

By Adeniyi Adeoloye

Italian major ENI has made yet another discovery offshore Côte d’Ivoire. This is coming after its Baleine find in 2021 which commenced production in August 2023.

The discovery, christened Calao, was penetrated by the Murene 1X well.

“Light oil, gas and condensates were encountered at different intervals in Cenomanian age reservoirs with permeability value of good to excellent”, ENI says in a release, adding that “drilling operations took place approximately 45 kilometres off the coast in block CI-205, reaching a depth of 5,000 metres in water depths of around 2,200 metres”.

The find is estimated to hold between 1 and 1.5Billion barrels of oil equivalent. If the Infrastructure led strategy of the company is still in play, this new discovered hydrocarbon pool can hit the market within a few years, the Italian explorer explains.

With Calao, ENI has made discoveries in the two blocks it acquired in Cote d’Ivoire in 2017.

Baleine was discovered in Block CI- 101.

The two deep offshore blocks, denominated CI-101 (Baleine) and CI-205 (Calao), are in the eastern part of the prolific Tano basin. Collectively, they, and cover a total area of about 2,850 square kilometers. Block CI-101 is at water depths of between 200 and 2,500 metres  and located 50kilometres  south of the capital Abidjan, while block CI-205 is at water depths of between 2,000 and 2,700 metres, and located 80 kilometres south-west from the city.

ENI has maintained a presence in Côte d’Ivoire since 2015 holding equity in various blocks including block CI-205, CI-101, CI-501, CI-801, and CI-802, all in partnership with the National Oil Company, Petroci Holding.







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