Eni discovers more oil on Angola's Block 15/06 with Nzana-1, Cinguvu-1

By Phaedra Friend Troy

Eni has discovered oil with two new wells on Block 15/06 offshore West Africa’s Angola. Both Nzanza-1 and Cinguvu-1 encountered high-quality oil pay sands in the Lower Miocene formation.

Located about 350 kilometers northwest of Luanda, Nzanza-1 and Cinguvu-1 are situated in waters measuring 1,400 meters deep.

Production tests of the Nzanza-1 discovery well produced oil at a daily rate of 1,600 barrels, but analysis indicates that the well should produce more than 5,000 barrels of oil a day with the help of artificial lift.

Although limited by surface facilities during production testing, the Cinguvu-1 discovery well flowed at a rate of 6,400 barrels of oil a day.

Other discoveries on the block include Cabaca Norte-1 in 2009, as well as Sangos and N’Goma in 2008. The success of Nzanza and Cinguvu further supports the development of a Western Hub for production in the region.

Awarded in 2006, Eni serves as the operator of Block 15/06 offshore Angola with 35 percent interest, and Sonangol is the concessionaire of the block. Partners in the block include Sonangol with 15 percent, SSI Fifteen with 20 percent, Total with 15 percent, Falcon Oil with 5 percent, Petrobras with 5 percent and Statoil with 5 percent.

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