March 21, 2018 / 9:54 AM / 10 months ago

Exclusive: Rosneft, Eni make no commercial discovery at Black Sea well: source

FILE PHOTO: The shadow of a worker is seen next to a logo of Russia's Rosneft oil company at the central processing facility of the Rosneft-owned Priobskoye oil field outside the West Siberian city of Nefteyugansk, Russia, August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian state oil company Rosneft (ROSN.MM) and Italy’s Eni (ENI.MI) did not make a commercial hydrocarbon discovery in the Black Sea as the well they were drilling proved to be dry, a source close to operations told Reuters on Wednesday.

Rosneft and Eni started to drill the well, known as “Maria-1”, in December.

The ultra-deep-water prospecting and appraisal well was being drilled using the Scarabeo-9 rig and Rosneft said this week it had a target depth of 6,126 metres.

Eni declined to comment. Rosneft did not reply to a Reuters request for immediate comment.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; additional reporting by Giancarlo Navach; editing by Jason Neely

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