A PRODUCTION test at the Zohr discovery, in the Shorouk block offshore Egypt, has delivered up to 44 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (MMcfd), project developer Eni has announced.

With 120 metres of the reservoir opened up to production, data collected from the Zohr 2X well proved the well has an estimated deliverability rate of up to 250 MMcfd in production configuration.

Located on the flank of the Zohr structure, 1.5 kilometres southeast of the Zohr 1X well in a water depth of 4,800 feet, the well was drilled to a depth of 13,684 feet and encountered 1,614 feet of continuous hydrocarbon column.

Eni holds 100 per cent of the Shorouk licence through subsidiary the International Egyptian Oil Company (IEOC).

Operations are being conducted by Petrobel, which is a joint venture between IEOC and the State partner Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC).

Eni plans to drill another three wells on the block in 2016, with construction works having already started on an onshore gas treatment plant and bids for offshore activities nearly completed.

This would fully delineate the field, which Eni said held a potential of up to 30 trillion cubic feet of lean gas in place.

Eni also successfully drilled a new well in the Nooros East exploration prospect, in the Abu Madi West licence in the Nile Delta of Egypt.

The new find start up is expected by the end of March 2016 and will allow the Nooros area, which started production in September 2015 to reach a production of about 45,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed).

With new development wells, Eni expects the production capacity will increase to over 60,000 boed by the middle of 2016.

The gas and condensates produced are sent to the Abu Madi’ treatment plant, about 25 kilometres from the discovery, and then routed to the Egyptian network.