G. Alan Petzet
Egypt eastern desert exploration action [41470 bytes]
Rabeh-1 well [54253 bytes]
Discoveries are popping up and oil transportation plans are being made as exploration gears up in one corner of Egypt's eastern desert.
The eastern desert, the area south of the Nile delta lying between the Nile River and Gulf of Suez/Red Sea, saw only three wells drilled in 1995, notes Egyptian General Petroleum Corp.
That year the few eastern desert fields produced about 25,000 b/d of crude, down about 5% from 1994 and less than 3% of Egypt's oil production.
The area's contribution could begin to rise soon, however. E...