BP hits more gas off Egypt

UK-based energy giant and LNG player BP made another gas discovery in the North Damietta offshore concession in the East Nile Delta, Egypt.

The Qattameya Shallow-1 exploration well was drilled to a total depth of 1,961 meters in a water depth of approximately 108 meters using the El Qaher II jack-up rig. The wireline logs, pressure

The wireline logs, pressure data and fluid samples confirmed the presence of 37 meters of net gas pay in high-quality Pliocene sandstones, BP said adding that options to tie the discovery back to nearby infrastructure are being studied.

Bob Dudley, BP Group CEO, said, “Qattameya marks our third discovery in the block where we are already developing the Atoll field and appraising the Salamat discovery.”

BP’s North Africa regional president, Hesham Mekawi, added that the company believes the development of the Qattameya could help unlock the resources in other nearby discoveries with similar shallow low-pressure characteristics.

The well is located 60 kilometers north of Damietta city, 30 kilometers south west of Salamat and only 35 kilometers to the west of Ha’py offshore facilities, with BP owning 100 percent equity in the discovery.