The Croatian oil company INA has begun the test production of gas at two of its production fields - Vuckovec and Zebanec.
Production at the third field - Vukanovec - is expected to begin in early 2017.
The increase in production is estimated at around 2.0 mboepd in H2 2016 on average, roughly 5% increase of total INA production, and it is expected to further increase in 2017.
Reinitiated production has been made possible through the successful implementation of the Medjimurje project, thanks to which the necessary mining and other accompanying facilities were built over the past two years.
As part of this project, five production wells were drilled and equipped along with total 100 kilometers of new pipeline, 73 kilometres of which is a flow line for transferring the gas produced in Medjimurje to the Central Gas Station Molve, where it is processed and refined. Commercially producible volume of gas are estimated at around one billion cubic meters until 2024.
INA has invested HRK 450 million in the project in Medjimurje, and its successful implementation means that hydrocarbon production is making a comeback to this region after 25 years.
Demanding building work was executed by four consortia of Croatian companies, two of which were led by STSI (a member of INA Group) and the other two by Koncar Engineering and Djuro Djakovic Holding.