Eni said it made promising a natural gas discovery offshore Cyprus, which looks similar to the nearby giant Zohr field.
“Calypso 1 is a promising gas discovery and confirms the extension of the “Zohr like” play in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ),” said the Italian oil and gas producer, who discovered Zohr, the giant Mediterranean gas field offshore Egypt in 2015.
Located in the Egyptian offshore Shorouk block about 190 km north of Port Said, Zohr holds an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, the largest ever discovered in the Mediterranean.
Calypso in Cyprus’s waters is an estimated 80 km away. The well, which was drilled in 2,074 meters of water depth reaching a final total depth of 3,827 meters, encountered an extended gas column in rocks of Miocene and Cretaceous age.
Eni is the operator of Block 6 with 50 per cent of participation interest while Total is partner with the remaining 50 per cent.
Eni said the Cretaceous sequence has excellent reservoir characteristics. An intensive and detailed data collection (fluids and rock samples) has been executed on the well.
Additional studies will be carried out to assess the range of the gas volumes in place and define further exploration and appraisal operations.
Eni holds interests in six licenses located in the EEZ of Cyprus (in Blocks 2, 3, 6, 8, 9 and 11), five of which are operated.