Bahrain's oil blocks

The exploratory well is part of an agreement signed in 2019 between the Kingdom and Eni, which had previously completed environmental surveys of the seabed

The National Oil and Gas Authority (Noga) has commenced drilling of the first exploratory well in Offshore Block 1, an area of over 2,800 sq km in the northern territorial waters of Bahrain with a water depth ranging from 10 metres to 70 metres.

This came as part of the Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement signed on May 1, 2019 between the Kingdom, represented by Noga, and the Italian company Eni, reported Bahrain News Agency (BNA).

Oil Minister Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa praised the wise guidance and unlimited support of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, as well as the prominent role of the Higher Committee for Energy and Natural Resources chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, which aims to develop energy sources and support the national economy.

The minister highlighted the close relationship with Eni, noting that the company is one of the largest international companies with sizeable experience using advanced technologies and highly qualified personnel in the field of drilling and exploration and that the drilling of the exploratory well is one of the most important steps in investing in the Kingdom’s offshore natural resources.

Shaikh Mohamed said that Eni had previously completed environmental surveys of the seabed, which are prerequisites to drilling operations.

He stressed that drilling operations could possibly take several months as exploration projects require several attempts, time, effort, and continuous coordination with a number of specialized international companies in order to achieve the desired economic goals.

The minister pointed out that Tatweer Petroleum had carried out a set of advanced geological and geophysical surveys as well as drilling experimental exploratory wells, the resulting data of which contributed to increasing the probability of finding oil and gas in the offshore blocks.