Egypt hopes to attract new exploration investment to secure long-term gas supplies with its upcoming bid round. The EGAS (Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company) round, offering 16 blocks in the Mediterranean Sea and the Nile Delta, was opened on May 22 and closes on October 8. It runs alongside a second round organised by the EGPC (Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation) for blocks in the Eastern and Western Deserts, and Gulf of Suez.

With this first offering of Mediterranean blocks since 2015, the government hopes to promote new exploration aimed at securing long term gas supplies to support Egypt’s ambition to be a regional gas hub.

Securing long-term gas supplies through new exploration will be crucial in ensuring domestic supply and allowing Egypt to once again become a significant gas exporter.

The need for gas supplies in the mid-2020s should also support the commercial attractiveness of the new bid round for E&Ps. Egypt’s fiscal terms are the toughest in the Eastern Mediterranean, a reflection of its status as a more mature oil and gas producer. However, the presence of existing infrastructure and significant local gas demand, combined with the increased gas prices agreed for new supply, have supported significant developments in recent years. These aspects should continue to be of benefit in attracting new exploration, giving explorers some confidence that there will be a ready market for any gas that they discover.

IRR of gas developments under Eastern Mediterranean fiscal regimes

Source: Upstream Analytics                                                                                                                                                                                     © GlobalData


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