RWE Dea starts gas production in Egypt

RWE Dea Egypt has started natural gas production from its Disouq concession onshore Egypt’s Nile Delta. The project encompasses the development of seven gas fields in the area to produce a total of 11.4 billion cu m of gas. Disouq is the first gas project to be brought on production by RWE Dea as operator in Egypt.

RWE Dea said the start of Disouq production, in which RWE Dea Egypt is sole interest holder along with state partner Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co., has been delivered to the Egyptian grid. Production is expected to ramp-up progressively during the commissioning period to reach a rate of 1.4 million cu m/day of gas. A peak production level of 4-4.5 million cu m/day is expected to be achieved in mid-2014 when a central treatment plant will start producing.

The gas produced from this project is expected to contribute materially towards supplying the growing energy market in Egypt.

RWE Dea plans to produce the total volume of 11.4 billion cu m of gas in the first two project phases. The company also plans to develop additional natural gas potential in the areas adjoining the reservoirs already discovered and belonging to the concession.

The Disouq concession is in the Kafr el Sheikh Governerate in Egypt’s gas-rich region of the Nile Delta that reaches to the Mediterranean Sea. The concession currently comprises a total area of 3,217 sq km and was awarded to RWE Dea in July 2004. RWE Dea launched production after its North Sidi Ghazy-1-2 development well yielded positive results (OGJ Online, Aug. 28, 2012).

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