Eni has made a new natural gas discovery in Egypt’s Western Desert, the company announced in a press release.

The Italian oil giant said that the new discovery is delivering an initial 25 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscf/d).

The well was drilled to a depth of 17,000 feet, and is located in the Faramid South prospect in the East Obayed concession.

The latest discovery signals Eni’s intensifying efforts in the Western Desert region. An anonymous source at the oil ministry told Al Shorouk in August that Eni will begin production from the South Meleiha concession in the Western Desert’s Faghur Basin within three to six months.

The Italian company is also planning to drill a third exploratory well in the concession before the end of Q3 2018, the source added.