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Dana Gas has awarded a deep-water drilling services contract in the Egyptian Mediterranean basin to ADES International. ADES’ subsidiary ADES S.A.E. entered the agreement, with services being provided by Vantage’s Tungsten Explorer drillship. The services will be subcontracted to the JV between ADES and Vantage Drilling, ADVantage. The contract includes one firm well and is slated for completion in 77 days.
Petroleum Ministry of Egypt has given approval to energy major BP and UAE’s Mubadala Investment Co., enabling them to buy stakes in the Nour gas field. Mubadala will buy 20% and BP will buy 25% of the Nour concession from Eni. After this, Eni will be holding only 40% of the concession. Remaining 15% will be held by Tharwa Petroleum Company of Egypt.
Italy’s oil and gas major, Eni has discovered gas in the Egyptian Western Desert. The 17,000 ft well was drilled on the Faramid South in East Obayed concession whose capacity is 25 MMscfd. After drilling, numerous gas-bearing layers in Kathabta sandstones were encountered. Eni is making efforts to increase the gas production capacity of the company from the Western Desert basin.
The Egyptian Cabinet decided last week to elevate the price of natural gas by 75% in August. The gas consumption between 30-60 cubic meters has been increased by 42.8% and consumption of more than 60 cubic meters has gone up by 33.3%. The surge in prices has raised concerns as LPG cylinders and natural gas is the main source of fuel for 75% of the Egyptian households.
Egyptian state-owned EGPC and Apache Corp. have entered into a seven-well oil drilling agreement. The drilling operations will be focused on the East Bahariya concession. The contract was signed by EGPC CEO and Apache Egypt Regional VP. Egypt has signed nearly 87 new oil and gas exploration agreements since 2014 in the country.
Italian oil firm, Eni yesterday announced the discovery of second light oil in the Egyptian Western Desert. The well has, until now, delivered 5,130 barrels of oil per day of light oil with low associated gas. Eni is now planning to drill other exploratory prospects located nearby which might lead to a new productive area for the oil major in Egypt.
Egypt’s Petroleum Minister, Tarek El Molla said today that the world’s largest oil producer, Saudi Aramco, will continue the supply of crude oil to the Egyptian refineries for another six months. Saudi-based oil supermajor would supply 500,000 to one million barrels per month. Aramco was supplying crude to the Egyptian refineries from January for an initial six months.
Eni, the Italian oil major has reported an oil discovery in the Faghur basin located in the Egyptian Western Desert. It will the first well drilled by Eni for exploring the deep geological sequences of the Faghur basin. The well has been opened to production and delivered 2,300 bpd of light oil (32° API) and 0.4 MMscfd of associated gas.
According to the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD), 15 oilfield workers lost their lives in a head-on crash on Sunday. This tragic incident occurred on the Al- Artal road where two buses were carrying employees engaged in operations near the Burgan oilfield, one of the region’s giant fields. The victims include seven Indian nationals, five Egyptians, three Pakistanis and others who are in a critical condition.
Owing to the non-receipt of payments for the past investments, Dana Gas has decided to restrict its investments in Egypt. This UAE based energy firm is having a hard time recovering payments from Egypt with total receivables amounting to a staggering sum of $228 million. Dana is extremely cautious about any new investments in the country following the sporadic and disappointing payment pattern followed by Egypt.
Eni is Egypt’s main producer with production worth more than 250,000 boed. Reaching a production of 32 MMcmgd which is equivalent to around 215,000 boed from the Nooros gas field, Eni has strengthened its output. Nooros is presently Eni’s prime gas producing field and a successful example of the firm’s integrated model. This major feat has been possible due to the starting up of the NW-7 well.