Timor Leste
In detail:

  • the main activities in the E&P sector conducted by Eni in Timor Leste are in four offshore exploration blocks
  • Eni offices and contacts in Timor Leste

Exploration & Production

The first phase of the exploration programme, lasting three years, foresees the acquisition of 2D and 3D seismic surveys, already completed, and the drilling of two wells, the first of which completed in 2010. We are also present in the Timor Sea with two licences in an area jointly administered by Australia and Timor Leste (Joint Petroleum Development Area) where we operate with a Production Sharing Agreement. In this area also we are also involved in the offshore block JPDA 03-13 (Eni 10.99%), where the Bayu Undan natural gas and liquids field is in production and in the offshore exploration permit JPDA 06-105 (where Eni is operator at 40%). In 2008, through the Kitan-1 and Kitan-2 exploratory wells, we made a significant oil discovery in the JPDA 06-105 permit: in April 2010 we began the development of the Kitan oil field in the and production started in October 2011. The production of the Kitan field is achieved through the completion of wells located in deep waters connected to an FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) unit, which reached a peak production of approximately 45,000 barrels of oil per day in 2012. The start of production was realised in just three and a half years from the declaration of a viable discovery. The field was developed through an intense programme of activities for which led to a particularly rapid production start-up, reaching all the targets set by the final investment decision (FID), while maintaining the highest industry standards regarding health, safety and the environment. In April 2013, Eni was awarded a new exploration permit (Production Sharing Contract) over an area of 662 square kilometres adjacent to the offshore Kitan field in the Timor Sea. The Production Sharing Contract foresees a commitment by Eni to drill two exploration wells during the first two years and the option for two more. The outlined area is located within the Joint Petroleum Development Area (JPDA), jointly managed by Australia and Timor-Leste, and has an average water depth of 350 metres.

In the JPDA, Eni has identified a number of oil prospects that, in the case of an eventual discovery, could be exploited in synergy with the nearby Kitan field.

The development of Kitan further strengthens our presence and growth opportunities for Eni in the Timor Sea, an area of high potential. Eni is committed to maximising the direct economic participation of the country in the project through the use of materials, services and labour and cooperating with the local government in a number of economic, social and community development initiatives.

Offices & contacts

Exploration & Production
Timor Leste Office
Rua D. Luis dos Reis Noronha no. 56
Vila Verde, Dili
PO Box 52, Dili
Tel. (0067) 0 330 4000
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