Success for Shallow Water Bashrush Gas Discovery, Offshore Egypt
After a string of dry wells in the eastern deepwater Nile Delta, Eni, in partnership with BP and Total, have had success testing their recent shallow water Bashrush discovery, in the North El Hammad concession. Over the last two years, companies drilling beyond the proven Oligo-MioceneSalamat–Temsah–North Port Said trend in the deeper offshore area, east of Zohr, have all reported dry or disappointing wells. Focus in this play has now returned to the shallow Baltim–Rosetta trend for lower risk gas on the doorstep of existing gas development infrastructure.
The Bashrush well found 102m gas in Miocene Messinian Abu Madi gas sands in the north-eastern area of the North El Hammad offshore block, awarded to the Eni/BP/Total group in 2015. The well, drilled to 3,600m in May 2020, delivered 32 MMscfd of gas on test, limited by surface testing facilities, and the well deliverability could be as high as 100 MMcfgpd and 800 bcpd, according to the operator. The field is an extension of the Baltim group of fields and should be tied back relatively quickly.
Further Readin on Oil & Gas Exploration in Egypt
The Nile Delta: Oil & Gas Exploration Hot Spot of North Africa
Peter Elliot, NVentures Ltd.
The various plays of the Nile Delta continue to attract investment for major oil and gas exploration campaigns, with onshore and shallow water successes already in motion.
This article appeared in Vol. 17, No. 4 - 2020