The volumes of gas shipped during the testing period mark the preliminary restart of the pipeline operations after eight months of stoppages due to the conflict in Libya.
The Kitan start-up further cements Eni's growth plans in the region in the wake of recent asset acquisitions offshore of Australia, the latest record of important discoveries offshore of Indonesia and the Company's initiatives in unconventional gas in Indonesia and China.
Eni has been present in Congo since 1968. In 2010, production averaged 110 kboe/d net to Eni.
The North Ganal Block covers an area of 2,432 square km in the Kutei Basin, a prolific hydrocarbon province, with several giant discoveries already in production.
Unique in its kind in Italy, the project foresees the unification of all Eni's IT systems for data processing and High Performance Computing, with the goal of improving energy efficiency, optimize costs and help reducing CO2 emissions
The acquisition therefore represents a naturalenhancement to Eni's UK North Sea portfolio, and provides short and long termproduction benefit from assets well known to the company
The Minister al-Maliki expressed his satisfaction with the activities carried out by Eni in Iraq and called for a greater presence of the company in the country
This disposal process is part of the commitments made to the European Commission on the 29 September 2010.
Today's agreements are part of the strategic partnership signed between Eni and Gazprom in 2006, which envisages the commitment of both parties to jointly develop projects in the entire gas chain