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    BP Starts up Egyptian Field


The field will produce up to 50mn ft3/day of gas.

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BP Starts up Egyptian Field

BP announced on October 26 the start-up of the Qattameya gas field at Egypt's offshore North Damietta concession.

Qattameya, in the East Nile Delta, will produce up to 50mn ft3/day (around 517mn m3/year) of gas. It is producing from one well tied back via a 50-km pipeline and 50-km umbilical to the Ha'py and Tuart field development. The gas is supplied to Egypt's national grid.

"By building on BP's significant ‎existing assets and infrastructure offshore Egypt, we were able to develop Qattameya ‎efficiently and economically," the UK major's North Africa regional president Karim Alaa commented. "‎We are proud to have brought this project safely onstream through an extremely ‎challenging period. Our team continues to work to support Egypt realising the potential of ‎its energy resources."

Qattameya was discovered in 2017 in waters 108 m deep. BP has a 100% stake in the North Damietta concession.

Egyptian gas production began rising again in 2017 after years of decline, supported by the launch of the 30-trillion ft3 Zohr field by Italy's Eni. Since then, BP, Eni and others have discovered a number of other offshore fields that could potentially drive growth further. Eni and BP brought on stream the Baltim South West field in September last year.