Egypt Signs 9 Oil & Gas Exploration Deals with Chevron, Others

Nodding donkey at an oil well in the Bahraini desert, the first to be dug in Bahrain, next to the Dar al-Naft Oil Museum, run by the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), at Jabal Ad Dukhan, Bahrain. This was the first producing oil well in the Gulf, spudded in 1931 and striking oil in 1932. Picture by Manuel Cohen

Egypt’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El-Molla, says the North African country has signed nine new petroleum agreements to search for petroleum and natural gas in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

El-Molla said the deals were signed with six major international and Egyptian companies.

The signed agreements include one with Exxon Mobil to search in the North Marquia marine area in the Mediterranean, with a minimum investment of $112 million to drill three wells, and another with Chevron and its partner Tharwa Petroleum to search in the North Sidi Barrani area, with a minimum investment of $70 million, to drill one exploration well.

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According to El-Molla, Egypt reached a total of 12 agreements during the period of the coronavirus pandemic, with a minimum investment of about $1.4 billion, to drill 23 wells in nine regions in the Mediterranean and three regions in the Red Sea, pointing out that the three further agreements are to be signed soon.

He pointed out that the ministry’s strategy to promote investment opportunities is the reason for its success in attracting new global investment to Egypt. In addition to its existing work with companies such as Shell, BP and Total, it is forging new partnerships with Exxon Mobil and Chevron, which are entering Egypt for the first time to invest in oil and gas exploration.

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The Egyptian minister said that the Egyptian Tharwa Petroleum’s participation opens up the potential expansion of its activities and those of other Egyptian companies in this sphere.


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