North Bahariya Petroleum Co. (NORPETCO) is awaiting the arrival of the new rig by the end of this month to start the drilling operations of the current fiscal year of 2010-2011.

Egypt Oil and Gas Newspaper learned that the drilling operations will start as soon as the rig arrive as the company was not affected by the late revolutionary events Egypt witnessed, especially that NORPETCO firmed up the 3D seismic survey in its acquisition area in the Western Desert for more explorations.

It is worth mentioning that NORPETCO is the joint venture between Sipetrol International and EGPC.