The energy demand in Egypt has enjoyed a sustained period of growth over the past decade and this is set to continue in the next years. In order to sustain the demand trend, a remarkable number of subsea gas projects were put on stream during the last years and some more are already under development.

Through its affiliate in Egypt Ieoc, Eni has planned to maintain the role of top foreign hydrocarbon producer in the Country. To achieve this target Eni made investments in cutting edge technology, in particular in the sub-sea production system and for the first time in Egypt, it applied an innovative smart completion system.

On August 2009 Eni begun producing natural gas from the subsea North Bardawil Field. The production rate is 3.0 million standard cubic meters per day, approximately 19,000 boepd, of which about 6,700 boepd is Eni's equity share.

The project consists of two sub-sea wells, Assad and Zaraf, drilled by the semi-submersible Rig Scarabeo-4, the installation of 24 km of sea line, umbilical and subsea equipments in a water depth ranging between 110 and 340 meters, and the tie-back to the existing production platform Barboni.

Assad was developed with well re-entry and intelligent completion in two gas levels in the Pleistocene sequence zones with ICGP sand control, in order to produce through two independent gas flowing intervals. Zaraf re-entry with side-track and completion was executed with single conventional completion and ICGP sand control.

The tie-back to Barboni Platform was performed through simultaneous operations, upgrading the top side facilities on a gas producing platform and minimizing the number of the platform production shutdowns.

Partners on the project include Eni's affiliate in Egypt IEOC with 60% and Kufpec Ltd with 40%. Petrobel is the JV operator. These results were made possible through IEOC and Kufpec with the cooperation of the Ministry of Petroleum and EGPC.

The paper presents the analysis of the challenges, the opportunities, the development strategy and the execution of North Bardawil project in the strategic context of Egypt.

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