Africa Oil & Gas: Egypt the Site of Two Major BP Projects for 2018

File photograph shows a sign is outside BP's North Sea Headquarters in Aberdeen
File photograph shows a sign is outside BP’s North Sea Headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/Files

BP released its list of major upstream projects it will deliver this year, following its successful start up of seven major projects in 2017. Of the five listed for 2018, two are located in North Africa, specifically in Egypt.

David O’Connor, head of the global projects organization and the man responsible for developments was asked to describe each one of the projects in a single adjective by in house publication, BP Magazine. For the two projects in Egypt, O’Connor used the adjectives ‘stunning’ and ‘agile’.

The ‘stunning’ project is Atoll Phase 1, which is home to BP’s deepest well drilled offshore Egypt, at 6,400 meters total depth.

Of Atoll, O’Connor told BP Magazine, “It may seem a strange adjective for a gas project, but I describe Atoll Phase 1, offshore Egypt in the East Nile Delta, as stunning. It is planned to be online towards the end of Q1 2018. The team has done an absolutely phenomenal job of progressing it safely, with the local team setting new benchmarks for us. It is a fantastic job by all involved.”

BP’s ‘agile’ project is the West Nile Delta, Giza/Fayoum. “The Giza-Fayoum project in Egypt’s West Nile Delta is an example of agile delivery and the reason I describe it as such is because we originally set up a three-field Giza-Fayoum-Raven project to be delivered as one in 2019.” According to O’Connor discussions with BP’s regional team and the Egyptian government highlighted “deep need for gas in the country” and quickly.

“The BP team went back to the drawing board to look at it again and found a way to split out Giza and Fayoum from the Raven delivery. So, we recreated the plan to bring gas on stream from Giza and Fayoum in 2018, with Raven to follow in 2019. The agility lay in the ability to see the demand for energy and taking action to deliver,” O’Connor said.

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