Eni’s plans to hike its gas output offshore Libya got a boost with the 31 May award of a €500mn-plus deal to Paris-based engineering firm Technip to develop Phase II of the Bahr Essalam gas and condensate field.

Bahr Essalam, operated by Eni-led Mellitah Oil and Gas, currently produces around 800mn cfd of gas and 30,000 b/d condensate, but Eni has plans to double this by 2019. Bahr Essalam Phase II involves development of the yet-to-be-exploited portions of so-called Areas A and E with 12 additional wells tied back to the Sabratha platform 110km northwest of Tripoli in 190ms water depth. (CONTINUED - 614 WORDS)