BP has begun production at the second phase of its West Nile Delta (WND) project. The Giza and Fayoum fields, offshore Egypt, are connected to an existing onshore plant through long-distance pipelines.
Announcing the start of production on February 11, BP’s CEO, Bob Dudley, described this as an “important project start-up” made possible by a close relationship with the government. “With the second stage of [WND] now online, BP has now safely brought 21 new upstream major projects into production over the last three years, keeping us on track to deliver 900,000 boepd by 2021.”
WND covers five gas fields, in the North Alexandria and West Mediterranean Deepwater licences. When the five fields – delivered via three stages – are all online, production should be nearly 39.6 mcm per day.
The first phase, covering Taurus and Libra, began in 2017. This reached output of nearly 20 mcm per day, that year, surpassing expectations of 17 mcm per day.
Giza and Fayoum are producing at around 11.3 mcm per day and will ramp up to 19.8 mcm per day. This phase had been due to start up in late 2018.
The third stage, on the Raven field, is due to begin producing in late 2019. “All attention is now focused on getting ready Raven, the last and biggest piece of all,” said DEA Egypt’s general manager, Sameh Sabry.
“Production from Giza and Fayoum will sustain local energy supply and keep us on track to triple our net production from Egypt by 2020,” said BP North Africa’s regional president, Hesham Mekawi. This second phase includes eight wells.
BP has an 82.75% stake in WND and is the operator, while DEA has 17.25%.
Work on subsea infrastructure, umbilicals and pipelines was awarded to Subsea 7 in February 2016, for the second and third phases of WND, worth US$750 million. Work involved linked the offshore wells to the Idku terminal. The company had previously won work on the first phase of WND.
Bechtel was awarded work on expanding the gas-processing terminal at Idku, northeast of Alexandria, in February 2017.
The UK-based super-major announced the start of production at its Atoll project, almost exactly one year ago. This is producing about 9.9 mcm per day from three wells, with a fourth well planned to be drilled later this year. The project is also producing about 10,000 bpd of condensate.
There is potential for additional finds to be linked in to the WND project. DEA has named Maadi, Viper, Ruby, Polaris and Hodoa discoveries as add-ons.
Eni’s Zohr find has dominated much discussion of Egypt’s offshore gas resources. BP bought into Zohr in November 2016. Co-operation with Eni in Egypt has continued and, at the end of 2018, BP bought a 25% stake in the offshore Nour North Sinai concession.
According to the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum, Zohr has recently reached output of 59.5 mcm per day. By the end of this year this may reach 85 mcm per day. Participants in the field have put forward 76 mcm per day as a peak figure.
At the end of January, Rosneft, another partner in the field, said production during 2018 had reached 12.2 bcm, or 33.4 mcm per day.