Photo: Miamte FPSO; Source: Eni

Eni kicks off production from Mexican field

Italian oil and gas company Eni has started the first production at its operated field off Mexico, using the FPSO Miamte.

Eni on Thursday announced that the Miamte floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) started hydrocarbon production at the Miztón field, within the Development Project in Area 1 in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 10 kilometres offshore Tabasco coast.

Chinese shipbuilder Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry delivered the FPSO, which was converted from an oil tanker, to Eni in December last year and the vessel arrived in Mexico at the beginning of January 2022.

Upon its arrival in Mexico, Miamte FPSO has been connected to its mooring system and went through pre-commissioning and integrated commissioning activities.

Following the first hydrocarbon introduction into the FPSO and two more platforms start-up in Amoca and Tecoalli fields, production will ramp up till the full field development will be completed by 2024.

The FPSO has an oil treatment capacity of 90 kbopd and a gas treatment capacity of 75MMscfd. The construction has involved five yards in three different countries including Mexico, maximizing the involvement of local suppliers.

Early production from Miztón field started in June 2019, after only 3.5 years from the award of the Contractual Area 1, and 7 months from the Final Investment Decision (FID).

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Mexico is a key country in Eni’s organic growth strategy where the Italian company has been present since 2006. In 2015 the company established its subsidiary Eni Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V. Eni currently holds interests in eight exploration and production blocks (six as an Operator), all located in the Sureste Basin in the Gulf of Mexico.