Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Wealth Tarek El Molla has announced that 12 new petroleum agreements, recently been approved by the cabinet, are set for discussion and approval at Parliament. The agreements reflect the diversity, development, and success achieved by Egypt’s petroleum sector in recent years.
El Molla noted that the 12 agreements were signed with oil and gas giants: the US Chevron, Italy’s Edison, the UK’s BP, France’s Total, Royal Dutch Shell, the US Nobel, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, and the UAE’s Mubadala.
For the local side, eight deals were signed by the Egyptian Natural Gas Company (EGAS), two of which are located in the eastern Mediterranean and six in the western Mediterranean region.
Three other agreements were inked by the Ganoub El Wadi Petroleum Holding Company (Ganope) for exploration in the Red Sea. A further agreement was concluded by the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) for exploration in the Western Desert. With a minimum investment of $1bn and a bonus signature of $19m, the agreements stipulate the drilling of 21 wells.
El Molla stressed that his ministry has signed a total of 84 agreements in the last six years for oil and gas exploration. These have come with a minimum investment of about $15bn, and a bonus signature of over $1bn to drill 351 wells.
He noted that the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) choosing Cairo as its headquarters represents a strong starting point for attracting and increasing the activities of international petroleum services companies. The move would also help Egypt’s efforts in transforming itself into a central regional hub for the oil and natural gas trade.