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2017

May 2017: BP has started gas production from 9 wells in the first 2 fields (Taurus and Libra), of the West Nile Delta project. West Nile includes 5 gas fields in the North Alexandria and West Mediterranean Deepwater blocks. When fully onstream in 2019 production, which will be fed into the national gas grid, will reach 14 bcm a year plus condensate.

Mar 2017: BP (operator, 100%) has made a gas discovery in the Qattameya Shallow-1 exploration well within the North Damietta Offshore Concession of the East Nile Delta. The water depth is 108m.

Mar 2017: ENI reports that the Zohr deep water gas field will start production in December (Globalshift forecasts mid-2018). Zohr was discovered in August 2015 and could hold 5.5 bn bbls of oil equivalent.

2016

Dec 2016: The Ministry of Petroleum accepted 6 bids for oil and gas exploration blocks from a tender for 11 blocks in the Western Desert and Gulf of Suez. Shell, BP, Apache and Apex International are among the companies to be awarded who will spend a total of around US$200 mm.

Sep 2016: Eni has drilled a 5th well, Zohr 5x, on the Zohr field  in 1,538 m of water in the Shorouk Block, 12 kms southwest of the discovery well. It confirms a resource estimate of 850 bcm. A sixth well is planned in 2016. Petrobel is operator on behalf of Petroshorouk, an equal joint venture between Eni (IEOC) and the state company Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company.

Aug 2016: Shell announced new discoveries in the north Alam El-Shawish concession area of the western desert. The discovery could produce up to 15% of total production of Badr el-Din Petroleum company; a joint venture between Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and Shell.

Aug 2016: Egypt has signed an agreement with Cyprus over gas. Under the deal, gas from the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone would be transported to a landing point in Egypt’s Exclusive Economic Zone or onshore for domestic consumption or re-export. An MOU to increase cooperation in the development of the Aphrodite gas field discovered in 2011 in block 12 was signed in 2015.

Jun 2016: BP (operator, 100%) and EGAS announced sanction of the Atoll Phase One project; an early production scheme that will bring up to 3.1 bcm a year of gas plus condensate to the market from 2018. Onshore processing will be handled by the existing West Harbour gas processing facilities. Recompletion of the exploration well and drilling of two additional wells will be carried out.

Jun 2016: Petrobel (operator 50% - a joint venture between Eni (IEOC) and EGPC) and BP (50%) have made a significant gas discovery at the Baltim South West-1X well in 25m of water in the Baltim South license, offshore Nile Delta. It is 10 kms north of the Nooros field, discovered in 2015 and already producing gas. The discovery confirms the potential of the Great Nooros Area.

Apr 2016: Egypt plans to launch a new oil exploration round offering 11 blocks in the Western desert and Gulf of Suez. It also plans to launch two gas exploration rounds in 2016.

Feb 2016: Eni has completed the authorization process for the development of the Zohr gas field. The development plan envisages the start of production by the end of 2017. The field could hold 900 bcm of gas in place and is the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt.

2015

Oct 2015: Eni announced success in the Nidoco NW 3 well (drilled from onshore); an appraisal of the Nidoco NW 2 Dir discovery, in the Nooros  prospect within the Abu Madi West licence in the Nile Delta. Discovered in July, it was put into production after just 2 months with products sent to the Abu Madi treatment plant.

Oct 2015: EGAS has awarded 4 new licences off its Mediterranean coast to BP, Edison, a BP/ENI consortium (North Ras El Esh) and an ENI/BP/Total consortium (North El Hammad). The work programs include seismic and 8 exploration wells. The country will also launch a new bidding round in the first half of 2016.

Aug 2015: Eni (operator, 100%) has made a  giant gas discovery at its Zohr 1X well in the Shorouk Block, Mediterranean Sea, in 1,450m of water. The discovery could hold up to 850 bcm of gas.

May 2015: Shell and Apache will start shale gas production from the Apollonia field in the Western Desert in 2016. Two wells will be linked to the national network.

Apr 2015: Apache reported successful development drilling (5 wells) on the Berenice and Ptah fields in the Faghur Basin (Western desert, Khalda Offset Concession) following on from oil and gas discoveries at the nearby Shu-1X, Apries-1X, Bat-1X and Geb-1X wells. Apache plans to increase production from these two fields to 17,500 bbls per day by mid 2015.

Mar 2015: BP has made a second gas and condensate discovery in the North Damietta Concession. The Atoll-1 exploration well in 923m of water in the East Nile Delta, 80 kms north of Damietta, is the country's deepest well ever drilled. Production of 42 bcm of gas and 31 mmbbls of condensate could begin in 2019 if fast-tracked.

Mar 2015: BP (operator) has agreement for the West Nile Delta (WND) project to develop 142 bcm of gas and 55 mm bbls of condensate with US$12 bn. Production will be up to 12 bcm a year starting in 2017 from the North Alexandria and West Mediterranean concessions. Taurus/Libra fields will be tied-in to Burullus facilities. Giza/Fayoum/Raven fields will be tie-backs to shore.

Jan 2015: Mena International Petroleum (100%) has announced the start of field development at the Lagia heavy oil field in Sinai. This includes hydraulic stimulation of the Lagia 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 wells with thermal recovery. Production of 350 bbls of oil per day is planned followed by 5 additional wells to be drilled in the middle of the year.

Jan 2015: Six oil and gas exploration contracts have been signed with foreign and Egyptian companies requiring the drilling of 41 wells in the western desert and Gulf of Suez. Among them are Shell, ENI, BP and TransGlobe Energy. The country has repaid US$2.1 bn of debt to foreign firms to restore confidence but it still owes US$3.1 bn.

2014

Dec 2014: Egypt has signed its first contract to extract gas by hydraulic fracturing with Apache and Shell. The project, initially involving drilling 3 wells in the Abu al-Ghardeeq region of the Western Desert, will require horizontal drilling.

Nov 2014: BP has been awarded 2 blocks in the 2013 EGAS bid round. Block 3 (North El Mataria) is  onshore in the NE of the Nile Delta cone. BP (operator, 50%) will partner Dana Gas (50%). Block 8 (Karawan Offshore) is in the NE Mediterranean and will be operated by ENI (50%). Three exploration wells  will be drilled in each block over 8 years.

Sep 2014: Dana Gas has been awarded the North El Salhiya (Block 1, 100%) and El Matariya (Block 3, 50% with BP) onshore concessions in the Nile Delta in the 2014 EGAS bidding round.

Sep 2014: Eni was the successful bidder for 3 exploration licenses in the 2013 EGPC and EGAS bid rounds - 100% in the onshore South-West Melehia block in the Western Desert, 100% in Block 9 (North Leil Offshore) and 50%, with BP, in Block 8 (Karawan Offshore), both located water depths over 2000m in the Mediterranean near the boundary with Cyprus.

Aug 2014: The DEKA (Denis Karawan) project in the Temsah Concession in the offshore Nile Delta has come onstream. IEOC (ENI) (50%) is operator along with BP (50%). The Denise South 6 well in 100m of water is producing 0.66 bcm a year with condensates at 800 bbls per day. The project will include 5 subsea wells and a pipeline to the El Gamil Gas Plant. Peak production is expected in 2015 at 2.4 bcm a year.

Jun 2014: Production from BP's US$10 bn gas project in its North Alexandria concession, which has been stalled for 3 years, will begin in 2017. Initially reaching 4.5 bcm, it will rise to over 8 bcm after 2018. Egypt now requires gas imports over the next 4 to 5 years to avoid power continued outages.

Feb 2014: The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources has signed exploration agreements with 3 companies this week, expected to attract a US$265mm investment. The 3 companies, Petroceltic, Dana Gas and Edison will drill a minimum of 8 exploration wells in the Mediterranean sea, the Gulf of Suez and the Nile Delta.

2013

Dec 2013: EGPC announced an auction of 22 PSC concessions in the Suez Canal, the western desert, the Mediterranean Sea and the Nile Delta. The auction will end on May 19 2014. Egypt also signed 2 new exploration agreements with Dana, who produce 12,000 bbls of oil per day from 17 development leases and, earlier approved 7 agreements with firms including BP and Peroceltic.

Sep 2013: RWE Dea has produced first gas from the Disouq concession in the Kafr el Sheikh Governerate of the Nile Delta. The project encompasses development of 7 fields and production is expected to reach  around 4 mm cubic metres per day by mid 2014. It is planned to produce 11.4 bcm of gas in the first 2 project phases. RWE Dea holds 100% of the concession, awarded in 2004.

Sep 2013: BP, operator with 100%, has announced a significant gas and condensate discovery. Salamat, in the East Nile Delta, is the first well in the North Damietta Offshore concession granted in Feb 2010. The well was drilled using the semi-sub Maersk Discoverer in a water depth of 649m. Tie-back options to the nearby Temsah field are currently being evaluated.

Jul 2013: Apache has reported 7 new oil and gas discoveries in various basins across the Western Desert including the Riviera SW-1X well, already onstream in the WD 30 Development Lease in the Abu Gharadig Basin and the Narmer-1X well, near the Neilos field, an emerging Paleozoic play in the Khalda Offset Concession.

Jun 2013: Dana Gas has announced a new gas and condensate discovery on the West El Manzala concession in the Nile Delta. Begonia-1 encountered 15 m of net pay in a sandstone reservoir of the Lower Abu Madi Formation. It will be tied into the South Abu El Naga field pipeline taking gas to the El Wastani processing plant. Begonia-1 is the 25th discovery by Dana since 2007 and the company is now producing 1.75 bcm of gas a year and 4,000 bbls per day of condensate.

May 2013: Apache has announced 3 discovery wells in the Western Desert in 3 different basins. The company operates on average 26 rotary rigs in Egypt. The discoveries are NRQ 3151-1X (oil and gas) in the Alamein Basin, North Ras Qattara Concession; SIWA L-1X (oil and gas) in the Faghur Basin, Siwa Concession; and NTRK-G-1X (gas/condensate) in the Matruh Basin, North Tarek Concession.

Apr 2013: Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company has awarded 8 licences in the Mediterranean Sea to BP, Petroceltic, ENI, Edison, IEOC, Sea Dragon Energy, Dana Gas and Pura Vida Energy. The winning companies will drill a minimum of 18 wells and spend US$1.2bn.

Mar 2013: Apache has discovered oil and gas at Amoun NE on the north flank of the Khalda Ridge. The close proximity to production facilities is expected to enable quick startup of production. Apache plans to drill 3 development wells and 2 nearby exploration wells as well as several additional prospects on the southern flank of Khalda Ridge in 2013. Apache also reported success at the WD 33 Development Lease in the Abu Gharadig Basin. The company plans to drill 270 wells in Egypt in 2013, including 60 exploration wells.

Jan 2013: Ganoub El Wadi Petroleum Holding Co. (Ganope) has launched Egypt’s international 2012 bid round 1. This includes 20 exploration blocks, including blocks 14 and 15 in the Red Sea and blocks 16 to 20 in the Gulf of Suez. The closing date for applications is May 30, 2013.

2012

Aug 2012: BP announced the discovery of gas in the Taurt North and Seth South fields in the North El Burg offshore concession, Nile Delta. Satis and Salmon were previous discoveries made by BP in this concession. The Scarabeo 4 semi-submersible drilled the wells in water depths of 110m and 78m, respectively. The plan is to tie both discoveries to nearby infrastructure.

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