Wintershall Dea and its partners have made a gas discovery in the East Damanhour block onshore Nile Delta, Egypt, following the drilling of the second exploration well, ED-2X.

Following the drilling, the exploration well encountered a 43m thick gas bearing reservoir, with a gas-water contact at 2627m.

The ED-2X well, which is located approximately 3km north of the existing Disouq field, has undergone a thorough and fit for purpose data acquisition programme.

In addition, the partners tested the discovery at a peak production of 15 million standard cubic feet per day.

The East Damanhour exploration block is located to the west of the Disouq gas project onshore Nile Delta.

DISOUCOA, a joint venture between Wintershall Dea and Egyptian Gas Holding Company (Egas), operates the Disouq gas project.

Wintershall Dea owns a 40% stake in the East Damanhur concession while Cheiron Energy and INA own 40% and 20% stakes, respectively.

Wintershall Dea Global Exploration senior vice-president Georg Bresser said: “This discovery is another value-accretive exploration success in one of our well-established exploration areas.

“The East Damanhour acreage in the vicinity of our production infrastructure allows to quickly develop commercial discoveries and to make additional gas resources available.”

Together with EGAS, Wintershall Dea and its East Damanhur concession partners plan to assess the new discovery as a possible tie-back development towards the Disouq project’s infrastructure.

Wintershall Dea Egypt senior vice-president and managing director Sameh Sabry said: “Egypt, the wider region, and the world badly need additional energy resources and Wintershall Dea is doing all it can to deliver additional volumes.”