Dana Gas achieves record gas production in Egypt
Growth of 29% over the 2012 average says firm
Dana Gas, the Middle East's leading regional private sector natural gas Company, has achieved gas production level in Egypt of 200 million standard cubic feet per day (equivalent of 41,500 boepd, including over 8,000 barrels per day of associated liquids), the highest level for the company in the country in two years.
This represents a growth of 29% over the 2012 average.
The company’s core operations in the Nile Delta and its Egyptian Bahrain Gas Derivatives Company (EBGDCo) Natural Gas Liquids extraction plant in Ras Shukheir remained stable and have not been impacted by the current events in Egypt.
Dana Gas is in discussions with the Egyptian authorities on its capital expenditure plans aimed at further increasing production and at resolving the issue of outstanding payments. This is in line with the Egyptian Government’s efforts to increase local hydrocarbon production to benefit the local population. The company is conducting positive discussions with the relevant authorities and looks forward to an early resolution.
Several projects are ready to be executed in order to further raise the production to a level around 50,000 boepd in the near future. These projects include multi-wells appraisal drilling programmes, adding gas compression facilities for the El Basant field and a new pipeline connecting Salma and Tulip discoveries to the El Wastani Plant.
Investments in these important projects can be expedited following the successful resolution of the issue pertaining to longpending receivables, which are now in the order of $ 270 million.
Patrick Allman-Ward, general manager Dana Gas Egypt and incoming Group CEO said: “Egypt remains a core part of our long-term strategy and we remain committed to enhancing production and developing our assets in Egypt. We have successfully drilled and tested three development wells over the last six months and have achieved the production rate of 41,500 boepd, our highest level since August 2011.
“We are working towards further increasing the production to 50,000 boepd in the foreseeable future. This requires further investments in the fields and early resolution of the long-pending receivables will greatly assist in accelerating our capital investment decision. Recent improvements in foreign currency reserves of Egypt and fiscal support being provided by the GCC are positive developments in this regard."