The Egyptian subsidiary of DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG, the German upstream company, has appointed Dr. Thomas Radwitz as its new General Manager, as of 1st February, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.

Upon appointment, Dr Radwitz said that “at our own operated onshore gas development project Disouq, in 2016 we continue to invest in infrastructure, like pipelines and the gas treatment plant, to add the already discovered gas fields to production. The production of the West Nile Delta project is scheduled to start next year and we are working full steam with our partner to get this important project on stream.”

Dr Radwitz, who has succeeded Dr Hans-Hermann Ecke, in the office from March 2015, is a petroleum engineer. In his previous posts, he was responsible as a Managing Director for the Suez Oil Company (SUCO), the joint venture of DEA and the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) from 2006 to 2008. He was also in charge of DEA’s operations as General Manager in Libya between 2008 and 2014, and most recently in Turkmenistan between 2014 and 2015.

In the last three decades in Egypt, DEA has produced over 640m barrels of crude as an operator in the Gulf of Suez. In 2013, DEA started production from the own operated Disouq gas development project in the onshore Nile Delta, allowing the company to boost its daily oil and gas production in Egypt. DEA is also a partner in the West Nile Delta project, which is planned to start production in 2017 with a total output of 1.2bcf/d of gas constituting approximately 25% of Egypt’s current gas production. DEA has been active in Egypt since 1974.