BP starts production from Egypt’s Atoll gas field

AtollThe Atoll gas project is located in the North Damietta concession in the East Nile Delta. (Image source: Jose Angel Astor/Flickr)BP has started producing gas from the Atoll Phase One project, offshore Egypt, in the North Damietta concession in the East Nile Delta

The project has been delivered seven months ahead of schedule and 33 per cent below the initial cost estimate, said BP.

The Atoll gas project produces about 350 mmscfd and 10,000 bpd of condensate. The gas production from the field is directed to Egypt’s national grid.

Atoll is the first new project to come into production for BP in 2018, adding to the series of higher-margin projects successfully brought online over the past few years. The 13 projects that started-up through 2016 and 2017 provided more than 500,000 boed of new net production capacity and total net production from BP’s new projects is now expected to be 900,000 boed by 2021.

Bob Dudley, group chief executive at BP, said, “The longstanding partnerships we have in Egypt allowed us to fast-track Atoll’s development and deliver first gas only 33 months after discovery. This is a further demonstration of our commitment to help realise Egypt’s oil and gas potential and meet the increasing demand from its growing population.”

BP announced the Atoll discovery in March 2015. The main reservoir in the field contains an estimated 1.5 trillion cubic feet of gas and 31mn barrels of condensates and further segments are under evaluation.

The Atoll Phase One project is an early production scheme involving almost US$1bn investment. The project involved recompletion of the original exploration well as a producing well and the drilling of two additional production wells, completed August 2015 to February 2017. Production is exported to the existing onshore West Harbor gas processing plant. Installation of the necessary subsea infrastructure and upgrading of onshore facilities was completed ahead of schedule.

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