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OMV Petrom initiates a new offshore drilling campaign in the Black Sea

The largest energy company in Southeastern Europe, OMV Petrom initiated a new offshore drilling campaign in the shallow waters of the Istria block in the Black Sea.

The first drilling operations started at the end of December 2020 and the drilling of the second well will start at the beginning of this year. The investment for this campaign is approximately 32 million euros.

“OMV Petrom has had an active presence in the Black Sea for over four decades and, during this period, OMV Petrom demonstrated its important role for the economic development of Romania,” said Chris Veit, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Upstream. “Using modern technical solutions, we seek to unlock additional resources that can compensate for the decline of the domestic production from mature fields. The Black Sea has a strategic importance for Romania’s gas production, which currently covers almost 10 per cent of the country’s annual gas consumption.”

The two development wells are being drilled at depths of over 2,500 metres below the seabed, in waters with a depth of around 60 metres.

This drilling campaign continues the series of investment projects for offshore production in the shallow waters of the Black Sea: over 500 million euros were invested between 2014 and 2019, including the drilling of 16 exploration and production wells and sidetracks as well as modernisation of the production facilities and gas compression system.

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