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BP has started gas production from Taurus and Libra offshore fields, located in Egypt’s West Nile Delta. 

The company has commissioned all nine wells at these two fields to ramp-up to stable operations. 

BP group chief executive Bob Dudley said: “West Nile Delta is a strategic national project that will add significant gas production to the Egyptian market and is another example of BP’s commitment to Egypt. 

“Our continuing investments in the country, including West Nile Delta, Atoll and our recent investment in Zohr, are laying the foundations for growth for BP in Egypt well into the future. 

“It is also another important step in BP’s growing production from high-quality new projects; in total, the West Nile Delta project will account for around a quarter of the new production we expect by 2020.”

Comprising five gasfields across the North Alexandria and West Mediterranean Deepwater offshore concession blocks, the West Nile Delta development is being developed as two separate projects. 

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It will allow BP and its partners to facilitate gas production commitments to Egypt. 

"In total, the West Nile Delta project will account for around a quarter of the new production we expect by 2020."

Expected to become fully operational in 2019, the combined production from both these projects will reach nearly 1.5 billion cubic feet a day (Bbcf/d).

Within the first project, the Taurus and Libra fields were developed to provide more than 600 million standard cubic feet of gas a day (Mscf/d) to the Egyptian national gas grid. 

Currently, the fields are producing more than 700Mscf/d sales gas and 1,000 barrels per day (bpd).

Produced gas is transported through a 42km tie-back to the existing onshore processing facility where it enters the Egyptian national gas grid through a nearby export pipeline. 

The second West Nile Delta project will include development of the Giza, Fayoum and Raven fields.

Image: The Maersk Discoverer drilling in Egypt. Photo: courtesy of BP/ Flickr.