Egypt Growing by the Nile
Wintershall Dea has huge goals in Egypt. An important component is the West Nile Delta project – one of the largest in the company’s history.
Wintershall Dea has been active in Egypt for almost 50 years. The company’s history in the country was rooted in crude oil production. From the 1980s to the early 2020s the company produced more than 650 million barrels in the Gulf of Suez concession. Today, Wintershall Dea is focused on natural gas in Egypt. The company produces gas at Disouq in the onshore Nile Delta as part of the DISOUCO joint venture and as partner to BP for the West Nile Delta offshore gas project. And Wintershall Dea is looking to a bright future: Exploring at East Damanhour in the onshore Nile Delta; partnering with BP for the North West Abu Qir offshore exploration block. And investigating opportunities in the field of carbon management and hydrogen. Today, tomorrow and into the future: Wintershall Dea is a strong energy partner for Egypt.
Where we operate in Egypt
The onshore concession Disouq in the Nile Delta includes seven gas fields consisting of 19 producing wells. Production started in 2013. Disouq is operated by the sole shareholder DISOUCO, a 50-50 joint venture between Wintershall Dea and EGAS. In 2022, Wintershall Dea and EGAS signed a Letter of Intent to significantly reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions at Disouq.
In early 2020, Wintershall Dea was awarded the East Damanhour exploration block, located to the west of the Disouq development leases in the onshore Nile Delta. In 2021 the company began a drilling campaign that will involve up to seven wells. In late 2022, Wintershall Dea has made a first gas discovery at East Damanhour: The discovery has been tested at peak production of 15 million standard cubic feet per day. Existing infrastructure at Disouq should enable quick development of any commercial discoveries.
million barrels of oil have already been produced from the oil fields in the Gulf of Suez.
km2 is the size of the East Damanhour exploration block.
producing wells are located at Disouq.
million standard cubic feet of natural gas per day - the potential of the Raven field.
Offshore Milestones for Egypt
As partner to BP, Wintershall Dea holds 17.25% of two offshore gas projects. Together with BP the company is producing gas in West Nile Delta (WND) and exploring in North West Abu Qir.
The fields of the WND concession are located 65 to 85 kilometres off the coast of Alexandria and were discovered between 2000 and 2010. WND is one of the largest projects in the Mediterranean and consists of five fields with 25 producing wells. First gas from WND was produced in 2017 from the Taurus and Libra fields. In February 2019, two additional fields, Giza and Fayoum, started production, and the fifth and largest field, Raven, followed in 2021. The onshore processing facilities have a total gas processing capacity of 1.4 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day. The gas produced is fed into the Egyptian national grid. The WND project is one of the largest in the company’s history.
In November 2022, operator BP and Wintershall Dea were awarded the North West Abu Qir exploration block. The block is located north of the WND field Raven. North West Abu Qir covers an area of more than 1000 square kilometres with water depths ranging between 600 and 1500 metres. North West Abu Qir complements Wintershall Dea’s natural gas focused portfolio in Egypt.