The Ndungu oil field in Angola is set for a major upgrade. Eni, the project developers made the announcement and said the upgrade will be done following significant increase of resource base, due to a phased approach to untap the overall potential in an optimal way from a financial perspective, initially contributing to extend and increase the plateau of the Ngoma, a 100 kbopd zero-discharge and zero-process flaring FPSO.
Ndungu field, is located approximately 130 km off the coast and about 10 km from the Ngoma FPSO in the West Hub of Block 15/06. The Ndungu 2 appraisal well was drilled five kilometres away from Ndungu-1 and stroke 40 m of net oil pay (35°API) in the Lower Oligocene reservoirs with good petrophysical properties confirming the hydraulic communication with the discovery well.
The preliminary data collected on Ndungu-2 allows to boost to 800 – 1000 million barrels of oil equivalent in place the field resources from the initial estimates of 250-300 (post Ndungu-1), making Ndungu, together with Agogo, the largest accumulation discovered in Block 15/06 since the block award.
The systematic and continuous Infrastructure-Led Exploration (ILX) effort conducted by Eni and its partners during the last three years, with the full support of ANPG and Angolan Authorities, leveraged leading edge technology and allowed to unlock significant additional potential in the complex structural and stratigraphic traps inside Block 15/06.
This result also shows how Azule Energy, the recently announced independent joint venture that combines Eni and bp portfolios in the country, can count on a solid pipeline of new projects starting up over the next few years, including Agogo, Ndungu and PAJ oil projects in Blocks 15/06 and 31 respectively, as well as the NGC gas projects.