Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) and Eni announced that they had completed the second phase of the Bahr Essalam offshore gas field project, according to a company statement.

Phase two of Bahr Essalam offshore project, which is a joint venture (JV) between the two companies operated by NOC subsidiary Mellitah Oil and Gas Company, will increase the field production from 995 million standard cubic feet per day (mscf/d) to 1,100 mscf/d.

NOC revealed that production from the field’s ninth well began earlier this month, while work on the last well is currently in progress.

The second phase completes the phased development of Libya’s largest offshore producing gas field, according to NOC.

“The completion of Phase 2 is a testament to NOC’s ongoing partnership with key international players and our ability to drive international investment to the Libyan energy sector, despite an ongoing backdrop of conflict. Increased domestic gas production strengthens our energy security and reduces our dependence on costly fuel imports,” said NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla.