BP Egypt announces first gas discovery in DEKA project

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BP, one of the largest foreign investors in oil and gas exploration and production in Egypt, last week announced the start of production of the Denise South-6 well of the DEKA project which is located at the offshore of Egypt.

Part of the DEKA project, Denise South-6 well, is estimated to give an initial 50 million cubic feet per day (mmscf/d) and is expected to supply Egypt’s domestic gas market.

While making the announcement, BP North Africa Regional President, Hesham Mekawi said that the DEKA project shows the company’s commitment to the country’s needs and is evidence to long lasting partnerships existing in Egypt.

“We look forward to continuing to play a key role in the development of Egypt’s energy sector and maximising the use of our existing resources to help meet the country’s growing energy demands for years to come.” Said Mekawi.

The DEKA project is centered on the Denise and Karawan gas fields in Temsah Concession in the East Nile Delta, and is among a group of gas discoveries being developed through 5 subsea wells. Others are Plio-1 C well in the Temsah concession and installation of subsea production systems together with sealines. Another one included is the gas processing at the onshore El Gamil Gas Plant.

The Denise South 6 well runs 65 kilometres north of Port Said, in 100 metres of water.

DEKA is operated by the Petrobel joint venture, and has had a long and successful track record in Egypt, stretching back 50 years with investments exceeding $25 billion.