Eni has spudded an exploration well in Contract Area D offshore Libya, according to the country's national oil firm.
The well, B1-16/3, will be drilled in 518ft (156m) water depth and it is about 140km northwest of Tripoli and 5km north of the Bahr Essalam gas field.
The estimated total depth of this well is 9865ft. The main objective of this well is to test the Metlaoui group reservoir and the drilling is expected to be completed in 64 days from the spud date.
Contract Area D (NC41), was granted to Eni-NA under EPSA IV contract model signed between the company and Libya National Oil Corporation (NOC) in 12 June 2008.