Wintershall Dea Focuses on Developing Key Egyptian Natural Gas Discoveries, Investing in CCS Potential 

Wintershall Dea Focuses on Developing Key Egyptian Natural Gas Discoveries, Investing in CCS Potential 

Emerging triumphant from this year’s quarter, Wintershall Dea’s stable global performance has also been accompanied by significant progress in not only developing its key hydrocarbon assets in Egypt but investing in the country’s carbon storage potential. 

This came during the company’s quarterly roundtable to review its business performance for Q1 2023. Disouq has become a key center of interest for natural gas, where Wintershall Dea has continued to develop its new discoveries to further enhance its natural gas production in Egypt. 

“We have been and are very active in Egypt. In January, we made the announcement of an onshore gas discovery in East Damanhour, very close to our Disouq producing facility. That was great. Fantastic outcome,” said Wintershall Dea Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Board Member Hugo Dijkgraaf. “We tested that well at 15 million standard cubic feet per day (mscf/d) and we have now started to connect that discovery to the Disouq facilities to be able to get that production going into the existing plant. This is a very good example of our successful infrastructure-led exploration around existing hubs.” 

Dijkgraaf also discussed future developments that could be happening within the Disouq area in the near future. “We’ve also made another discovery inside the Disouq license in the Abu Madi reservoir that will also be tied-in quite soon. Disouq is an area where we are really increasing the production, in addition to the upcoming North West Sidi Ghazi project that is well underway.”

He also emphasized the company’s achievements in the West Nile Delta, explaining, “In addition to the onshore parts, we have been successful in West Nile Delta together with bp to get the production in Raven stabilized and we’re are now running close to 900 mscf/d production in Raven. Beyond Raven itself, we are working towards sanctioning future development phases in Raven, but also looking at near-field exploration opportunities, for example, in the Abu Qir license where we are also starting to prepare for upcoming exploration activities.”

Pointing out the company’s commitment to reducing emissions, Dijkgraaf also spoke about the company’s role in contributing to Egypt’s carbon storage capabilities. 

“We have [signed] an MoU with Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS). We have started to do some preliminary screening as well on what are the opportunities that we see as well in Egypt. We think that there are, from a geological point of view, certainly opportunities for CCS. 


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