The work is part of the Bouri East Area Development, which involves the installation of four new subsea production wells surrounding a central manifold and tied to Agip’s Bouri DP4 platform, built by Eni subsidiary Saipemin the mid-1990s. The Bouri field is located in block NC-41, 120 kilometres off the coast at a depth of 145-183 metres, and is the country’s only offshore oil field in production. It currently produces about 60,000 barrels a day of oil.

Bouri’s gas fields, operated by AgipGas, are a central element of the $4,500 million Western Desert gas project aimed at exporting 8 billion cubic metres a year of gas to Italy via the subsea Greenstream pipeline, due to come on stream in the fourth quarter. Gas will be pumped from Bouri and the onshore Wafa field to Gela in Sicily via export facilities at Melitah (MEED 15:11:02).