Eni S.p.A. reported Wednesday that it has begun natural gas and condensate production from the Obiafu 41 discovery in Nigeria just three weeks after completing the well.
The Niger Delta discovery holds approximately 28 billion cubic meters of gas and 60 million barrels of condensate, Eni noted in a written statement emailed to Rigzone. Also, the company stated that gas from Obiafu 41 is destined largely to the domestic market for power generation.
The Eni-operated Ob-Ob plant will process gas from Obiafu 41, and another Eni-run facility – the Okpai Power Plant – will use the gas to generate electricity, the firm noted. In addition, Eni stated the independent power plant is undergoing an upgrade to double its capacity from 500 megawatts to 1 gigawatt.
“Once the upgrade is complete, Eni will generate 20 percent of the entire national electricity production, establishing itself as the leading electricity producer in the country,” the company stated.