The Raven Field in the Nile Delta, discovered in 2004, has proved the window to a major new play in this prolific geological province and has de-risked a significant volume of Egypt’s yet-to-find hydrocarbons.
“We climbed for most of that day, conquering step by step the Morvarid Pass, only to drop down again, having reached the top; and as evening fell we came down on the lovely valley of Deh Diz, with its single sentinel poplar and a ruined castle in the distance, and the long ridge of the snowy Kuh-e Mangasht beyond. Our camping-place this time was in an orchard of pomegranates, beside a clear mountain stream, on a grassy terrace strewn with rocks and boulders.”
Vita Sackville-West, Twelve Days in Persia: Across the Mountains with Bakhtiari Tribe (1928)
The Barnett Shale gas discovery, like ‘Spindletop’ nearly 100 years prior, changed an industry by unlocking huge new volumes of oil and gas, this time from shales.