A press release to Egypt Oil &Gas stated that during the execution of Egyptian Badr El-Din Petroleum (Bapetco) development plan for the Alam El Shawish concession in the Western Desert area, the tests results of the new discovery well BTE – 2 showed a production capacity of 20mcf/d of gas and preliminary estimated reserves of 500bcf.

The tests were performed by drilling 12m  out of 125m depth that was planned in the geological map of the project. The production is expected to reach 60mcf/d of gas after completing all geological analysis in the gas layers across the map. Once the discovery is developed, the company will perform new studies to further enhance production,  as Badr 3 area is producing at full capacity. Furthermore, the company re-linked JG-2 well to production after completing repairs. Preliminary tests yielded a production rate of 4000b/d of crude and 10mcf/d of gas.

The promising results have encouraged the foreign partner, Shell, to increase the number of rigs from 2 to 4, and agreed to drill at least 9 exploratory wells in 2017, subjected to increase depending on seismic scans that will be completed in the first quarter of 2017.

This came in Bapetco’s report submitted by the company’s CEO, Emad Hamdy, to the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El Molla.