RWE Dea continues successful development of gas resources in Egypt
The development of RWE Dea’s natural gas project Disouq in the Egyptian Nile Delta is progressing successfully. The company confirmed another positive appraisal of the North West Khilala (NWK) Gas Field with the development well NW Khilala-1- 4.
RWE Dea’s operated Disouq project encompasses the development of seven gas fields in the Nile Delta and NWK is the first field brought into production last September. NWK-1-4 is the fourth well to be drilled in the NWK structure and reached a total measured depth of 3,175 metres in the Abu Madi Formation. The well was drilled to test the northwestern limits of the field 2.8 kilometres from the NWK-1x discovery. NWK-1-4 was successfully flowed at about 450,000 standard cubic metres gas per day during clean-up testing which is in line with expectations at this location.
“The recent successful appraisal of North West Khilala Field has confirmed and further enhanced our understanding of the reservoir properties and distribution,” said Maximilian Fellner, General Manager RWE Dea Egypt. “NW Khilala-1-4 will now be tied back to the existing production facilities and go on production shortly,” Fellner added. Currently, the NWK Field produces 1.45 million standard cubic metres of gas per day from three wells.
RWE Dea will now move the Weatherford 94 rig to drill a four-well appraisal and development programme in the South East Sidi Salem and Disouq Fields approximately 50 kilometres west of the NWK Field.
Together with the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) and the Suez Oil Company (SUCO), RWE Dea plans to produce a total of approx. 11.4 billion cubic metres of gas from the seven gas fields in the first phase of the Disouq Development Project. Disouq production will supply gas to the growing Egyptian energy market.
RWE Dea Egypt and its predecessor organisation have been operating successfully in Egypt since 1974 and, as operator, can look back on three decades of oil production in the Gulf of Suez. In recent years the company made a number of major gas discoveries in Egypt and boosted its activities considerably with the acquisition of additional concessions. RWE Dea has a total of 10 onshore and offshore concessions in Egypt, across a concession area of about 3,700 square kilometres.