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Eni resumes drilling in Libya

Calls reopening of exploratory well 'important step'

03 December, 14:32
Eni resumes drilling in Libya (ANSA) - Rome, December 3 - The Italian petrol giant ENI has resumed exploratory drilling in Libya, the company said Monday.

ENI will probe 4.4 km under the earth, at a site in the Sirte basin about 300 km south of Benghazi, marking a major step in the relaunch of ENI's exploration and production activities in Libya, the company said in a note.

ENI said it was the first international company to resume production in September 2011, the first to lift the "force majeure status" in Libya in December 2011, and the first to resume offshore exploration activities in February 2012 by acquiring a 3D seismic survey.

Oil and gas production had been suspended in Libya due to the civil war that ended in the defeat and death of the country's former ruler, Muammar Gaddafi, in October 2011.