OMV Petrom and Romgaz have approved the development plan for the Domino and Pelican South commercial natural gas fields in the Neptun Deep block. This will be submitted to the National Agency for Mineral Resources for endorsement. OMV Petrom is the operator, with each company having a 50% interest in the project.
OMV Petrom and Romgaz will invest up to €4 billion for the development phase of the project, which will enable 100 bcm of natural gas to be brought on stream.
Christina Verchere, CEO of OMV Petrom, said: "With the final investment decision for the Neptun Deep project, we are opening a new game-changing chapter for the Romanian energy sector. Together with our partner, Romgaz, we are entering the development phase of the first deepwater offshore project in Romania. The project will contribute to Romania’s economic growth and will strengthen the country's energy security. To give an example of the project’s size: the estimated natural gas production is equivalent to 30 times the current annual demand of 4 300 000 households. It is also a major step forward for our Strategy 2030 that aims at supporting the energy transition in Romania and in the region".
Razvan Popescu, General Manager of Romgaz, said: "Neptun Deep is a strategic project for Romania and for the region from the perspective of ensuring the natural gas needs and from the perspective of decarbonisation. Starting with 2027, we will have a new source of natural gas, which has the potential to significantly increase the country's natural gas production. We are proud to be part of an innovative project, which will bring significant benefits to the country, in the long term".
Aristotel Jude, Deputy General Manager, commented: “The Neptun Deep project enters today a new phase, the decision to invest in the development of the fields in this perimeter is a historic one for all interested parties and will bring undeniable benefits to Romania's energy security and independence. We remain committed to achieving the objectives of this project and we are confident that the National Agency for Mineral Resources will confirm, as soon as possible, the development plan for the Domino and Pelican South commercial fields in the Neptun Deep block, from which point the development stage of these fields will effectively start."
The infrastructure required for the development of the Domino and Pelican South offshore natural gas fields includes 10 wells, 3 subsea production systems and associated flow lines, an offshore platform, the main natural gas pipeline to Tuzla and a natural gas measurement station. The platform generates its own energy, operating at the highest standards of safety and environmental protection. The entire infrastructure will be operated remotely, through a digital twin. This allows for process optimisation and will contribute to the improvement of environmental performance, by making energy consumption more efficient and reducing emissions.
First production is estimated for 2027. Production at the plateau will be approximately 8 bcm annually (140 000 boe/d), for almost 10 years.
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