Production start-up was achieved earlier than scheduled at the operated project of East Hub in Angola, Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) in Ghana, Jangkrik in Indonesia and Zohr giant field, as mentioned above. The success of Eni’s model is mainly due to the high number of operated projects with a production of over 3.6 million boe/day, which is necessary for planning a fast-track approach in all the design phases, from appraisal, engineering and finally development and achieving high control of project costs, time and risks.
- In March 2018, Eni signed two Concession Agreements related to the acquisition of a 5% interest in the Lower Zakum oil field and a 10% interest in the Umm Shaif and Nasr oil, condensates and natural gas fields, in the offshore of Abu Dhabi, for a consideration of $875 million with duration of 40 years.
- Acquired a 32.5% interest of the Evans Shoal gas field in the NT/RL7 offshore license in the north of Australia, nearby the Darwin liquefaction gas plant, where Eni holds interests. Mineral potential is estimated in approximately 8 TCF of gas in place. The agreement received all necessary approvals. Following this acquisition Eni retains the operatorship with a 65% interest.
- Signed with the Sonangol state oil company an agreement to the transfer to Eni a 48% interest of the Cabinda North onshore block in Angola, where Eni held a 15% interest. Following the agreement, Eni retains the operatorship of the block. The block is located in an oil basin few explored in the north of the country, where Eni will leverage on the mining knowledge acquired in exploration and development activities progressed in nearby areas of the Republic of Congo. In case of exploration success, the block will benefit from the existing infrastructures. In addition, Eni and Sonangol signed a Memorandum of Understanding to define joint projects throughout the value chain of the energy sector.
- Sanctioned the development program of the Johan Castberg field (Eni's interest 30%) in the Norwegian offshore, with estimated resources of approximately 450-650 million boe. Start-up is expected in 2022.
- Achieved the financial close of project financing for the construction of a floating unit for the liquefaction of natural gas (FLNG) at the Coral South discovery. The Coral South FLNG is the first project sanctioned by Eni and its partner of the Area 4 block for the development of the large amount of gas discovery in the Rovuma basin, in offshore Mozambique.
- Eni's integrated long-term strategy to perform its path to the decarbonization is leveraging on the reduction of direct CO2 emissions and further increase in the operating activities efficiency; sustaining projects portfolio with low CO2 emissions, supporting the development of natural gas as a transition source for power generation as well as the integration of the traditional business with the generation of energy from renewable sources leveraging all the industrial, logistic, contractual and commercial synergies. Eni's commitment to achieve these targets is confirmed by the recent agreements in Algeria, Angola and Ghana as well as by ongoing projects in particular in Mozambique, Egypt and Indonesia.
- The business sustainability over the medium-long-term is a pillar in Eni's growth strategy with programs to support local development further increasingly integrated into business activity. In particular, Eni is committed to the development of access to efficient and sustainable energy also by means of support for local power generation capacity and to sustainable industrial and economic development with know-how and technology sharing program as well as health, education and professional training initiatives. The key factor in the long-term strategy is linking our business development to the growth of the countries in which we operate.
- Development expenditure was €7,236 million to fuel the growth of major projects and to maintain production plateau particularly in Egypt, Ghana, Angola, Congo, Algeria, Iraq and Norway. Capex for the full year 2017 was netted of the disposals agreement of the Dual Exploration Model to €6 billion, down by 16% from 2016, on homogenous basis.
- In 2017, overall R&D expenditure of the Exploration & Production segment amounted to €83 million (€62 million in 2016).