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BP makes a significant deep gas discovery in Egypt's West Nile Delta

Release date:
23 November 2010

BP Egypt announced today that it has made a significant gas discovery in the Deepwater West Nile Delta area.


The Hodoa discovery is located in the West Mediterranean Deepwater, Nile Delta concession, some 80 km northwest of Alexandria. The WMDW-7 well was drilled to a depth of 6350 metres and is the first Oligocene Deep Water discovery in the West Nile Delta area. Further appraisal is underway.


BP operates and holds 80% of the West Mediterranean Deepwater concession with RWE Dea holding the remaining 20%. Hodoa was drilled by the Pride North America Semi-Sub rig, in a water depth of 1077 metres.


Mike Daly, BP’s Executive Vice President of Exploration said: “The Hodoa discovery further demonstrates the great potential of the deep reservoirs in the Nile Delta.”


Hesham Mekawi, President and General Manager of BP Egypt, commented: “Hodoa is an important discovery which builds upon BP’s previous successes in the West Nile Delta. This discovery further reinforces the leadership role played by BP in Egypt and its ongoing commitment towards the development of Egypt’s future gas business.”

Further information




BP press office, London: +44 (0)20 7496 4076, bppress@bp.com

BP Egypt office: +202 2706 2259

Notes to editors


  • BP’s operations in Egypt span almost 50 years. BP has invested more than $17 billion in Egypt to date, making BP the single largest foreign investor in the country.
  • To date, BP Egypt, in collaboration with the Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company, BP’s JV Company with the Egyptian General Petroleum Company, has been responsible for the production of almost 40% of Egypt’s entire oil production. In addition, BP Egypt and its partners are currently producing close to 35% of the domestic gas demand.
  • BP has interests in thirteen offshore concessions in the Nile Delta, with operatorship of six.The North Alexandria and West Mediterranean Deepwater concessions are located in the Mediterranean, offshore of the city of Alexandria.
  • BP Egypt has made a number of discoveries in these concessions including the Giza, Taurus, Libra, Fayoum and Ruby in the Pliocene, and the Raven discovery in the deeper Miocene formations.