Dana Gas starts production from Egyptian discoveries

Dana Gas, Sharjah, announced earlier this month it had started production from its recent Al Basant gas-condensate discovery in the West Manzala concession in Egypt's Nile Delta.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Apr. 14 -- Dana Gas, Sharjah, announced earlier this month it had started production from its recent Al Basant gas-condensate discovery in the West Manzala concession in Egypt's Nile Delta.

The company also began producing from its El Wastani East-2 sidetrack well, Dana Gas Egypt's first highly deviated, horizontal well in Egypt.

Al Basant-1
Dana drilled the Al Basant-1 well in October 2008 and tested it at 23.5 MMscfd and 1,027 b/d of condensate. The Al Basant-2 appraisal well was subsequently drilled, completed, and tested in December 2008. It yielded additional gas in a new zone that tested at 10.5 MMscfd gas and 150 b/d of condensate.

A third well in the field is to reach estimated target production of 45 MMscfd before yearend. Dana said that Al Basant field gas reserves are estimated to exceed 123 bcf.
The Al Basant discovery was developed on fast track, said the company, with two 17-km pipelines, one 6 in. OD and 12 in., to transport Al Basant production to the El Wastani integrated gas plant.

The plant has design capacity of 160 MMscfd and 7,500 b/d of condensate and LPG, but is currently operating at 153 MMscfd gas and 5,400 b/d.

Dana said the new gas production from Al Basant will "allow testing the plant beyond its full design capacity and identifying components that require modification, or upgrading." It will also maximize throughput, while targeting production levels of 170 MMscfd.

Deviated well
The company said the El Wastani East-2 sidetrack well was drilled and completed in March in the East El Wastani development lease in the Nile Delta region. Gas production from EWE-2 started on Mar. 30, said the company, initially at 4.5 MMscfd gas, which will increase "after the well has been cleaned up." EWE-2 production is being processed in the company's El Wastani plant.

Ahmed Al-Arbeed, Dana Gas upstream executive director, said the company will continue its efforts to develop and produce the remaining three discoveries: Salma, Azhar, and Sondos (Haggag) in 2009-10.

In its announcement, the company claimed it is the Middle East's "first and largest regional private sector natural gas company."

More in Exploration & Development