Eni 'Mission Impossible' points to seismic shift for Big Oil

Italian energy giant Eni has defied skeptics with an ambitious gas plan.

Enis topchef, Claudio Descalzi, er involveret i retssagen. | Photo: Eni

The fact even senior managers privately described the plan as "Mission Impossible" showed the scale of the task: Italian energy giant Eni SpA wanted to produce gas from the Zohr field little more than two years after finding it in August 2015.

But this week, the Mediterranean's largest gas field -- lying about 200 kilometers (168 miles) off the Egyptian coast -- began pumping, defying skeptics both inside and outside the company.

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