BP has started gas production from the Atoll Phase One project off the coast of Egypt.

The project is located in the North Damietta concession in the East Nile Delta and currently produces 350 million cubic feet of gas per day (Mscfd) and 10,000bpd of condensate.

The company directs the gas produced from the field to Egypt’s national grid.

BP group chief executive Bob Dudley said: “The longstanding partnerships we have in Egypt allowed us to fast-track Atoll’s development and deliver first gas only 33 months after discovery.

“This is a further demonstration of our commitment to help realise Egypt’s oil and gas potential and meet the increasing demand from its growing population.”

The field was discovered in March 2015 and its main reservoir is said to contain an estimated 1.5 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas and 31 million barrels of condensates.

With a $1bn investment, the project involved revamping the original exploration well and a further site for producing.

“This is a further demonstration of our commitment to help realise Egypt’s oil and gas potential and meet the increasing demand from its growing population.”

In addition, the company drilled two additional production wells between August 2015 and February last year.

Production from the field is transported to the existing onshore West Harbor gas processing plant.

BP completed installation of the necessary subsea infrastructure and upgrading of onshore facilities.

Having started business operations in Egypt more than 55 years ago, the company has so far invested around $30bn in the country.

In partnership with Gulf Of Suez Petroleum Company (GUPCO), BP accounts for almost 40% of Egypt’s entire oil production.

The company’s other operations in the country include the West Nile Delta and Libra projects, as well as the Zohr field.