The Egyptian oil and natural gas sector will start drilling operations at the 9B phase of the West Nile Delta deepwater concession in the Mediterranean Sea in April 2018, for producing natural gas, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.

This is part of the ongoing work program for the development of discovered fields and adding new gas wells to the production map in order to contribute to securing some of the local market energy demands.

The NGT1 drilling rig was moved from the Gulf of Mexico to the location of the 9B phase wells to implement the drilling operations according to a program including drilling eight production wells and two exploratory wells.

The news comes from a report submitted by Hesham El Attar, Head of Rashid Petroleum Company/Burullus Gas Company (Rashpetco), in front of Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El Molla, to review the status of 9B phase.

The first gas production is planned to kick off from the first three wells during fiscal year (FY) 2018/2019, the report pointed out, adding that production from the remaining wells will be added to production in 2019 as the $807-million project is completed.

The project is implemented by the Egyptian oil and gas sector in cooperation with Royal Dutch Shell.