BP gets new exploration blocks in Egypt’s offshore Nile Delta
BP has been awarded two exploration blocks in the Mediterranean Sea, offshore Egypt by the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company, it said on November 28.
The Northwest Abu Qir Offshore Area - in which BP, the operator, holds 82.75% and Wintershall-Dea holds 17.25% - is located west of the recently awarded North King Mariout block and north of the Raven field. It covers an area of approximately 1038 km2 with water depths ranging between 600 m and 1600 m.
The Bellatrix-Seti East block - in which BP and Eni, the operator, each hold a 50% share - is located west of the Atoll field and North Tabya blocks. It covers an area of approximately 3440 km2 with water depths ranging between 100 m and 1200 m.
In addition to the two new blocks, in 2022 BP was also awarded the King Mariout Offshore Area (100% BP), North El Fayrouz offshore area (50% BP and 50% Eni, the operator) and the North El Tabya area extension (100% BP).
At present, BP operates the West Nile Delta gas development which currently produces around 900mn ft3/day of gas. The development includes five gas fields across the North Alexandria and West Mediterranean Deepwater offshore concession blocks in the Mediterranean Sea.