British companies clinch agreements for new assets in Egypt.
BP IN EGYPT
UK-based BP announced on Friday that it has signed the final agreements of the West Nile Delta project (WND) to develop 5 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas resources and 55 million barrels (mmbbls) of condensates. The company estimated the investment at around $12 billion.
‘Production from WND is expected to reach up to 1.2 billion cubic feet a day (bcf/d), equivalent to about 25 per cent of Egypt’s current gas production and significantly contribute to increasing the supply of energy in Egypt. All the produced gas will be fed into the country’s national gas grid, helping to meet the anticipated growth in local demand for energy. Production is expected to start in 2017’ reads a note released by BP, adding that the company believes that Egypt’s investment and economic climate is about to get better.
The company also said that the project would increase Egypt’s energy security.
“BP is proud of its record in Egypt over the past 50 years and we are looking forward to many more years in the country. The WND project investment is the largest foreign direct investment in Egypt” Bob Dudley, BP Group Chief Executive, commented.
BP, which is the operator of the two offshore concession blocks – North Alexandria and West Mediterranean Deepwater, said that additional explorations could add between 5 and 7 tcf.
Similarly, earlier this year, Italy-based ENI unveiled a new oil and gas discovery in the Western Desert of Egypt, confirming its commitment to the North African country.