Dana Gas will start drilling the first exploratory well at Block 6 of the Mediterranean North Arish concession before the end of 2018, Amwal Al Ghad reported.

North Arish is the first offshore concession to be operated by Dana Gas, and is located in the East Nile Delta concession area.

The North Arish concession has promising potential to produce billions of cubic feet of natural gas, said Patrick Allman-Ward, Dana Gas CEO. He added that the company will go ahead with important initiatives, such as drilling the Balsam-8 well, at the onshore Nile Delta concession.

Egypt’s petroleum minister, Tarek El Molla, met with Allman-Ward to discuss Dana Gas’s natural gas development and production projects in its onshore concession in the Nile Delta, Egypt Oil & gas previously reported.

The meeting reviewed the progress of Dana Gas’s ongoing work in the Nile Delta, which aims to increase natural gas output in partnership with El Wastani Petroleum Company (WASCO).