The Italian major wants to start in 2023 the exploitation of the offshore Baleine field, which it identified only three months ago. It intends to build on its Ghanaian experience and the good Ivorian infrastructure that already exists.
The update at the beginning of September 2021 by the Italian hydrocarbon giant ENI of the offshore Whale field, off Assinie, which would contain 1.5 to 2 billion barrels of crude as well as nearly 2 Tcf (2 trillion cubic feet) of gas, propelled Côte d’Ivoire into the big leagues.
At Africa Oil Week, which brought together professionals from the sector in Dubai at the beginning of November, it was enough to see the crowd at the presentation of the Ivorian delegation, led by Minister Thomas Camara, to realize this net renewed interest in the country’s offshore blocks, of which only 15 have been allocated and 32 still available (3 are under negotiation). In previous editions, attendance at the Ivorian showcase was more sparse. The country, considered a “border” zone, that is to say little explored by oil tankers, interested geologists for its proximity to Ghana, where the great West African discoveries outside Nigeria were made, in particular that of Jubilee deposit in 2007.
At Africa Oil Week, the presentation of Sergio Laura – ENI’s representative in Abidjan, a seasoned explorer, active in the country for five years and a fine connoisseur of the geology of Ghana – was the culmination of the various interventions highlighting forward the prospects in Côte d’Ivoire. This original Genoese only drilled one well in Ivory Coast, on block CI-101 (with an area of 360 km²) attributed to ENI, to discover the Whale deposit. He explained the development strategy fast-track, which aims to bring the new deposit into production from the middle of 2023.