Rome-based Eni S.p.A. plans to link well number 13 of offshore Zohr gas field, located at the Mediterranean, to production by next week, a source at the petroleum sector told Al-Borsa Newspaper.

The production rate at the rest of wells will be reduced to a minimum level in order to test the 13th well, whose production rate ranges between 150 and 250 million cubic feet per day (mcf/d), given the domestic market is already sufficient of natural gas and there is no need to pump extra quantities.

According to the same paper, well number 14 will be linked to the production grid by the end of 2019, with its production expected to reach over 3 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d).

Petro Shorouk, a subsidiary of Petrobel who is in charge of developing Zohr field, completed drilling seven wells during the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018/19, with a total of 12 wells being connected to the production grid since the company began its operation in the field.

Zohr’s total investments reached $10.6 billion, $3 billion of which were invested during the production peak in August 2019 which witnessed production of 2.7 bcf/d of natural gas.