Saffron Energy, a natural gas producer with interests in northern Italy, announced that it has received the final approval from the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (UNMIG) for gas production at the Bezzecca gas field on 11 April 2017.

Commissioning and gas production will commence in the coming days.

Bezzecca is located east of Milan within the established prolific, gas-producing Po Valley region in northern Italy and operated by Saffron's subsidiary Northsun Italia SPA (NSI). Gas from Bezzecca 1 is processed at the Vitalba processing plant and directly connected by the national grid.

Chief Executive Officer of Saffron Energy, Michael Masterman commented: "We are extremely excited to be announcing first gas at Bezzecca as it represents a significant commercial and financial milestone for Saffron coming within 7 weeks of the successful IPO. It will significantly increase the overall Saffron gas production and strengthen our position and portfolio."