Egypt's western desert onshore oil and gas production strong

As Egypt has enjoyed the addition of significant gas reserves in the Nile Delta offshore, the long-underrated western desert has come alive with major discoveries of liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons on land.Apache Corp., Houston, is the largest US investor in Egypt, operating in the vast western desert that stretches to the Libyan border.The desert encompasses the World War II battlefield of El Alamein. In some areas, before operations can begin the company has to hire mine clearance crews to police unexploded ordnance before acquiring seismic surveys, preparing drill sites, and building roads.Apache plans to have drilled 116 wells in Egypt during 2004, up from 103 a year ago. Current gros...

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