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The West Nile Delta Project

West Nile Delta

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The West Nile Delta Project

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The West Nile Delta Project (WND) involves the development of gas and condensate fields located within the North Alexandria and West Mediterranean Deepwater concessions in the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 65km to 85km off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt.

The gas and condensate fields are being developed in phases. The first phase involves the development of five major fields namely Taurus, Libra, Giza, Fayoum and Raven. The Maadi, Viper, Ruby, Polaris and Hodoa discoveries will be developed in later phases.

In March 2015, the partners signed the final agreements for the project with the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum, the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company. The overall investment for Phase I is estimated to be $12bn.

WND reserves and project development plan

The partners will develop five trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas and 55 million barrels (mmbbl) of condensate reserves from Phase I of the WND project. The existing undeveloped fields and future exploration activities are expected to further boost the production from WND by an additional 5tcf to 7tcf.

First production is scheduled to start in 2017, with peak production expected to reach 1.2 billion cubic feet a day (bcf/d) of gas, which is equivalent to approximately 25% of Egypt's current gas production.

The development plan for Phase 1 of the WND project primarily involves the development of 21 production wells with associated subsea facilities tied back to existing neighbouring facilities.

The Taurus and Libra fields will be connected to existing Burullus facilities whereas the Giza and Fayoum fields will be tied back to the existing Rosetta plant onshore, which will be modified to accommodate additional production. The Raven field will be connected to a new onshore plant adjacent to the existing Rosetta plant.

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