PRODUCTION from Eni’s Mpungi field in the West Hub development project within block 15/06 of the Angolan deep offshore commenced in early January, the company said.

A production ramp up to about 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day is expected in the first quarter of 2016.

The West Hub development project encompasses the development of the Sangos, Cinguvu, Mpungi, Mpungi North, Ochigufu and Vandumbu fields in a water depth ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 metres.

Eni said the wells are arranged in clusters and connected to the N’Goma floating, production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO), which has a treatment capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil per day.

Eni chief executive Claudio Descalzi said the third start up milestone of the West Hub Development project has been achieved on budget and on schedule.

“This achievement reflects our ability to deliver major projects and confirms our excellent track record in terms of efficiency, technology and innovation.”

Eni is continuing its exploration program in block 15/06 and if successful, new discoveries will be connected to the existing production infrastructure with an important reduction of time and costs production, the company said.

Eni has been present in Angola since 1980 with a net production of about 105,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Eni is the operator of block 15/06 with a 36.84 per cent stake, the other partners of the joint venture are Sonangol Pesquisa e Produção (36.84%) and SSI Fifteen Limited (26.32%).

The block 15/06 also includes the East Hub Development project, which is under development and is expected to start producing in 2017.