BG brings Rosetta on stream, finds pay with Sapphire-2

BG Group said that it brought one Egyptian field on stream and found gas with another well. At the Rosetta concession off the Nile Delta, BG and its partners began delivering gas into the national grid Jan. 31. Sapphire-2 in West Delta Deep Marine concession tested at 33.2 MMcfd of gas.

Feb 15th, 2001


By the OGJ Online Staff


HOUSTON, Feb. 15
�BG Group said that it brought one Egyptian field on stream and found gas with another well.

At the Rosetta concession off the Nile Delta, BG and its partners began delivering gas into the national grid Jan. 31. That was less than 45 months after drilling of the discovery well, said BP.

Production will rise to 275 MMcfd soon. All production from the $330 million development project is promised to Egyptian General Petroleum Corp. under a 25-year agreement to supply the Egyptian market (OGJ, Nov. 17, 1997, p. 32).

At Rosetta, six wells are tied back to an unmanned platform. Production flows through a a 66 km gas-condensate pipeline to an onshore terminal near Idku, 50 km east of Alexandria. Gas is sent to the national grid, and condensate is exported by pipeline to a gathering point at Abu Qir, 15 km east of Alexandria.

BG operates Rosetta with 40%; a unit of Royal Dutch/Shell Group holds 40%; and Edison International SPA holds 20%.

BG and Edison International participated in the Sapphire-2 appraisal well, north of Rosetta in the West Delta Deep Marine concession. Sapphire-2, the eleventh consecutive successful well drilled in the concession since 1998, tested 33.2 MMcfd of gas and 755 b/d of condensate. The flow rate was constrained by testing equipment.

BG operates West Delta Deep Marine with 50%, and Edison International owns 50%.

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