Eni has been present in Nigeria since 1962. In 2017, Eni’s oil&gas production averaged 109 kboe/d located mainly onshore and offshore the Niger Delta, over a developed and undeveloped acreage of 30,769 square kilometers (7,370 square kilometers net to Eni).
In the development/production phase Eni operates onshore Oil Mining Leases (OML) 60, 61, 62 and 63 (Eni’s interest 20%) and offshore OML 125 (Eni’s interest 100%), OPL 245 (Eni’s interest 50%), holding interests in OML 118 (Eni’s interest 12.5%) as well as OML 119 and 116 Service Contracts. As partner of SPDC JV, the largest joint venture in the country, Eni also holds a 5% interest in 17 onshore blocks and in 1 conventional offshore block as well as with a 12.86% interest in 2 conventional offshore blocks.
In the exploration phase Eni operates offshore OML 134 (Eni’s interest 85%), OPL 2009 (Eni’s interest 49%), and onshore OPL 282 (Eni’s interest 90%) and OPL 135 (Eni’s interest 48%). Eni also holds a 12.5% interest in OML 135.
In 2017, Eni signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to promote new activities that can significantly boost Nigeria’s social and economic development. In particular, the cooperation agreement includes:
- an increased focus on development and exploration activities;
- cooperation requirements for the rehabilitation and enhancement of Port Harcourt refinery;
- the upgrade of the Okpai combined cycle power plant by means of doubling the power generation capacity;
- the assessment of additional projects to secure energy accessibility to the country’s most remote areas and possible application of new technologies in the renewable energy sector.
Programs progressed to support the local community in Nigeria, with initiatives in the access to off-grid energy, water and primary education; economic programs for diversification purposes with the ongoing Green River Project; professional training and scholarship programs as well as renovation and construction of health centers and supply of medical equipment.
In February 2018, Eni signed with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) a collaboration agreement to foster access to safe and clean water in Nigeria by drilling boreholes powered with photovoltaic systems, both for domestic use and irrigation purposes.
Exploration and production activities in Nigeria are regulated mainly by Production Sharing Agreements and concession contracts as well as service contracts, in two blocks, where Eni acts as contractor for State-owned Company.
Blocks OMLs 60, 61, 62 and 63
Onshore four licenses produced approximately 44 kboe/d and accounted for approximately 40% of Eni’s production in Nigeria in 2017. Liquid and gas production is supported by the NGL plant at Obiafu-Obrikom with a treatment capacity of approximately 1 bcf/d and by the oil tanker terminal at Brass with a storage capacity of approximately 3,5 mmbbl. A large portion of the gas production of these four OMLs is destined to supply the Bonny Island liquefaction plant (see below). Another portion of gas production is employed in firing the combined cycle power plant at Okpai with a 480 MW generation capacity.
In 2017, supplies to this power station were an overall amount of approximately 70 mmcf/d.
Development activities concerned rigless programs to support production as well as maintenance and rehabilitation of the facilities damaged due to bunkering and sabotage.
Block OML 118
The Bonga oil field produced approximately 15 kboe/d net to Eni in 2017. Production is supported by an FPSO unit with a 225 kboe/d treatment capacity and a 2 mmboe storage capacity.
Associated gas is carried to a collection platform on the EA field and, from there, is delivered to the Bonny liquefaction plant.
Block OML 125
Production derived mainly from the Abo field which yielded approximately 14 kboe/d net to Eni in 2017. Production is supported by an FPSO unit with a 40 kboe/d capacity and an 800 kboe storage capacity.
SPDC Joint Venture (NASE)
In 2017, production from the SPDC JV accounted for approximately 30% of Eni’s production in Nigeria (approximately 33 kboe/d).
The development activities mainly concerned the completion of the Forcados-Yokri project in the OML 43 Block (Eni’s interest 5%) and the Gbaran 2A/2B and Associated gas project in the OML 28 Block (Eni’s interest 5%) to supply natural gas to the Bonny liquefaction plant. In particular, in the year, the tie-in of production wells and the upgrading of existing treatment plants were completed.
As in all non-operated Joint Ventures, besides its technical support, Eni contributes in the Operating Committee and Sub-committeess with its ethical, environmental and social standards to the decisions and activities carried out by the operator, including on issues related to the management of oil spill and community issues management. The company has formal rules in place which ensure that it makes all reasonable efforts at the highest governance levels in order to guarantee that the JV’s Code is fully aligned with Eni’s one and keeps a record of the attempts to do so.
Gas & LNG Power and Marketing
Eni holds a 10.4% interest in the Nigeria LNG Ltd joint venture, which runs the Bonny liquefaction plant located in the Eastern Niger Delta.
The plant is operational, with a treatment capacity of approximately 1,236 bcf/y of feed gas corresponding to a production of 22 mmtonnes/y of LNG by six trains. Natural gas supplies to the plant are currently provided under a gas supply agreements from the SPDC JV, TEPNG JV and the NAOC JV.
In 2017, the Bonny liquefaction plant processed approximately 1,130 bcf. LNG production is sold under long-term contracts and exported to the United States, Asian and European markets by the Bonny Gas Transport fleet, wholly owned by Nigeria LNG Ltd.
Offices & contacts
Naoc-Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited
No. 40/42 AguiyiIronsi Street
Federal Capital Territory
Tel. (+234) (0) 9 4611900 - 6
Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited
No. 1 Elsie Femi Pearse Street,
Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited
Naoc New Base
Mile 4 Ikwerre Road
Port Harcourt Rivers State
Tel. (+234) (0) 84 465010 - 9