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Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi. Image courtesy of Eni.

Italy’s Eni started production ahead of schedule on Tuesday at the Mondo South field in offshore Angola, the first field to go online at the Kizomba Satellites Phase 2 project.

Kizomba, located in Block 15, is a subsea development of the Kakocha, Bavuca and Mondo South fields and develops about 190 million barrels of oil.

Kakocha and Bavuca are expected to start it up in the “coming months,” Eni said.

Peak production at Kizomba is currently expected to hit 70,000 barrels of oil per day and the project is expected to increase Block 15’s total production to 350,000 bpd.

“The project benefits from the existing capacity of Block 15’s facilities, increasing current production levels without requiring additional floating production, storage and offloading vessels,” Eni said.

The Mondo South field is being developed with tiebacks to the Mondo FPSO, while the Kakocha and Bavuca fields are being developed with tiebacks to the Kizomba BFPSO.

Eni holds a 20 percent interest in Block 15.

ExxonMobil operates the block with a 40 percent stake, BP holds a 26.67 percent stake and Norway’s Statoil holds a 13.33 percent stake.

Mondo South is the second Eni field in offshore Angola to go online this month.