Italian energy giant Eni has boosted output at Angola's offshore Vandumbu field with the start of production at a new oil well some 50 kilometres north-west of Luanda and 130 km west of Soyo, the company said in a statement on Thursday.
The new VAN-102 production well is the West Hub of Block 15/06 and is a further step in the development of the Vandumbu field, launched on 29 November, 3 months ahead of schedule, and which will be completed in the first quarter of this year, Eni stated.
The start-up of the new well follows that of the second Subsea Multiphase Boosting System which took place through the N'Goma floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) and achieved a performance of about 13,000 barrels, according to the Eni statement.
This, together with the start-up of another production well in the Mpungi field, will bring Block 15/06's output to a total of about 170,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day, further extending the production plateau.
The phased and clustered development strategy start-up of eight fields since November 2014, when production in the West Hub started with the Sangos field.
Block 15/06 is developed by a Joint Venture formed by Eni (36.84%, Operator), Angola's national oil company Sonangol (36.84%) and SSI Fifteen Limited (26.32%).
Eni has been present in Angola since 1980 and currently has an equity production of around 150,000 boed.