Cairo, February 11 - Neftegaz.RU. BP today announced 1st gas production from the 2nd stage of its West Nile Delta development offshore Egypt. The project, which produces gas from the Giza and Fayoum fields, was developed as a deepwater, long-distance tie-back to an existing onshore plant.
The successful start up is the 2nd in a string of new upstream major projects expected to be brought on line in 2019 for BP.
Bob Dudley, BP chief executive, said: «This important project start-up benefitted from the excellent working relationship between BP and the Egyptian government. We simply could not have delivered it successfully without the steadfast support of the Minister of Petroleum, his excellent team and the entire government.»
«With the 2nd stage of West Nile Delta now online, BP has now safely brought 21 new upstream major projects into production over the last 3 years, keeping us on track to deliver 900,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by 2021» he noted.
Stage 1 of the project, which started producing in 2017, included gas production from the 1st 2 fields, Taurus and Libra. The 3rd stage of the West Nile Delta project will develop the Raven field. Production is expected in late 2019.
When fully onstream in 2019, combined production from all 3 phases of the West Nile Delta project is expected to reach up to almost 1.4 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d), equivalent to about 20% of Egypt’s current gas production. All the gas produced will be fed into the national gas grid.
BP has an operating stake of 82.75% in the development.
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