Eni farms out interest in block A5-A offshore Mozambique

Source: press release, 11 March 2019

photo: Eni
photo: Eni

Eni and Qatar Petroleum have signed a farm out agreement to enable Qatar Petroleum to acquire a 25.5% participating interest in Block A5-A, offshore Mozambique. The agreement is subject to the authorisation by the Mozambican authorities.

Block A5-A, located in the deep waters of the Northern Zambezi Basin, approximately 1,500 km north-east of the capital Maputo, was awarded to Eni following the 5th competitive Licensing Round launched by the Republic of Mozambique while the Exploration and Production Concession Contract was signed in October 2018. It extends over an area of 5,133 km2 in a water depth between 300 and 1,800 metres, in a completely unexplored zone in front of the town of Angoche.

Eni is the operator of Block A5-A Consortium, with a participating share of 59.5%, owned though its subsidiary Eni Mozambico, which would reduce to 34% after the farm out is approved. Other partners are Sasol, with 25.5%, and the Mozambican state company Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), with 15%.

“Today’s transaction represent another milestone in the strategic path that Eni and QP undertook to further strengthen their partnership worldwide,” Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi commented.

Eni has been present in Mozambique since 2006, following the acquisition of the Petroleum Contract Area 4, in the offshore Rovuma basin, in the north of the country, where total gas in place is estimated in excess of 85 TCF, following a very successful exploration campaign, with the discoveries of Coral, Mamba and Agulha.

Coral initial development program includes the construction of a floating plant (FLNG), to treat, liquefy, store and offload LNG. The plant will have a liquefaction capacity of approximately 3.4 million tonnes per year. Construction has started in June 2017 production is expected to start in 2022.

The development program includes the construction of an onshore plant composed by 2 trains for gas treatment and liquefaction, with a liquefaction capacity of 15.2 million tonnes per year, which will be the first phase of the Rovuma LNG project. The project is expected to be sanctioned in 2019 and production is expected to start in 2024.

Eni and Qatar Petroleum are already partners in Oman and Mexico.