BP has produced first gas from the Qattameya field in the North Damietta concession in the East Nile Delta offshore northern Egypt.

Through its Pharaonic Petroleum joint venture (JV), BP ‎expects to deliver up to 50MMcf/d through the single-well subsea tieback to existing infrastructure.‎

The Qattameya discovery was announced in March 2017.

Located 108m deep in water, the field is 45km west ‎of the Ha’py platform.

BP North Africa regional president Karim Alaa said: “By building on bp’s significant existing assets and infrastructure offshore Egypt, we were able to develop Qattameya efficiently and economically. Creating value through high-quality, efficient oil and gas developments is a key part of BP’s strategy. We see this as a great example of resilient hydrocarbons development.

“We are proud to have brought this project safely onstream through an extremely challenging period. Our team continues to work to support Egypt realising the potential of its energy resources, adding to our track record of delivery and enabled by our established partnerships with the Egyptian petroleum sector.”

‎BP has 100% equity in the North Damietta offshore concession. All gas produced from Qattameya is directed to the national grid of Egypt.‎

The Qattameya Shallow-1 exploration well was drilled for 1,961m at a water depth of nearly 108m using the El Qaher II jack-up rig.

It is situated nearly 60km from Damietta and 35km to the west of Ha’py offshore facilities.