BP has made a further gas discovery in the North Damietta Offshore Concession in the East Nile Delta, 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. 

The procured wireline logs, pressure data and fluid samples from this drilling confirmed the presence of 37m of net gas pay at the high-quality Pliocene sandstones. 

Currently, BP is evaluating the possibility to tie the discovery with the nearby infrastructure.

BP group chief executive Bob Dudley said: “Qattameya marks our third discovery in the block where we are already developing the Atoll field and appraising the Salamat discovery.

“This latest discovery confirms our belief that the Nile Delta is a world-class basin.”

Qattameya Shallow-1 well is situated nearly 60km from the Damietta city, and 35km to the west of Ha’py offshore facilities.

"This latest discovery confirms our belief that the Nile Delta is a world-class basin."

BP North Africa regional president Hesham Mekawi said: “We are delighted to sustain our success in these shallow Pliocene targets.

“We believe development of Qattameya could help unlock the resources in other nearby discoveries with similar shallow low pressure characteristics.

“This is part of our long-standing commitment to Egypt and to unlocking Egypt’s energy potential.”

BP holds 100% stake in this latest gas discovery.

BP has been present in Egypt for almost 55 years and is also one of the largest foreign investors in the country.

In collaboration with the Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (GUPCO)  and its joint venture company with the Egyptian General Petroleum Company (EGPC), BP Egypt has produced almost 40% of Egypt’s entire oil production.

Currently, BP, through joint ventures with EGPC/EGAS and IEOC (ENI), the Pharaonic Petroleum Company (PhPC) and Petrobel, produces nearly 40% of Egypt's total gas output.