We hold 11 mining licences (4 exploration permits and 7 production permits), regulated by Exploration and Production Sharing Agreements (EPSA). Exploration and development activities in the country are grouped into 6 contract areas with a 100% Working Interest (WI) in the exploration phase and 50% in the development phase. Onshore we are present in area A, B with the Bu-Attifel field, in area E with the El Feel field (Eni 33.3% WI), KNOC 16.6% WI and in areas F and D with the Wafa field. Our offshore activities are concentrated in Area C, with the Bouri oil field, and Area D with Bahr Essalam.
During 2018, development activities were related to the start-up of production of the Bahr Essalam offshore phase 2 project, with the start-up of 10 new offshore wells and the completion of the gas treater upgrading in Mellitah and Sabratha, which increased processing capacity to 1,100 million cubic feet per day. At the same time activities took place to optimise production at the Wafa field in the Libyan desert. In October 2018, we signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the Libyan National Oil Corporation and BP, which set in motion the process of assigning a 42.5% interest to Eni and BP's EPSA operatorship in Libya, with the aim of relaunching exploration and development activities and promoting favourable conditions for investment in Libya. The LOI also strengthens the commitment to contribute to the social development of the country through the implementation of social initiatives, including specific education and technical training programmes.