BP sanctions fasttrack development of Atoll offshore Egypt

Offshore staff

LONDON – BP and the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co. (EGAS) have sanctioned development of the Atoll Phase One project in the North Damietta Offshore concession in the East Nile Delta.

Atoll Phase One is an early production scheme (EPS) involving the recompletion of the existing exploration well as a producing well, the drilling of two additional wells, and the installation of the necessary tie-ins and facilities required to produce from the field. 

The Atoll wells will be drilled by Ensco’s DS-6 ultra-deepwater drillship, which arrived in Egypt last month and is expected to start drilling in August for roughly the next 24 months. The EPS is expected to bring up to 300 MMcf/d gross of gas to the Egyptian domestic gas market starting in the first half of 2018. BP has a 100% interest in the concession.

According to BP, success of the Atoll Phase One EPS could lead to further investment in the Atoll Phase Two full field development.

The Atoll field contains an estimated 1.5 tcf of gas and 31 MMbbl of condensates. Onshore processing will be handled by the existing West Harbour gas processing facilities.

Hesham Mekawi, regional president, BP North Africa, commented: “BP is proud to progress the acceleration of the Atoll project which will bring critical gas to the Egyptian market and establish a new material hub offshore East Nile Delta.

“Our confidence in the prospectivity of the area along with our ongoing commitment to Egypt and our successful history of partnership with the Ministry of Petroleum, EGPC and EGAS is allowing us to fasttrack Atoll from discovery to production in less than three years which is a significant achievement.” 

BP announced the Atoll discovery in March 2015. The Atoll-1 deepwater exploration discovery well was drilled using the sixth-generation semisubmersible rig Maersk Discoverer. The exploration well reached a depth of 6,400 m (20,997 ft), and penetrated approximately 50 m (164 ft) of gas pay in high quality sandstones.

The Atoll heads of agreement was signed by His Excellency Tarek El Molla, Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, and Bob Dudley, BP Group CEO, in November 2015.


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