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BP signs new Egyptian gas deal to develop hydrocarbon resources

Beleagured energy group agrees deal to develop gas supply.

BP has signed a new agreement with the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and the Egyptian General Petroleum to develop the hydrocarbon resources in the North Alexandria and West Mediterranean Deepwater concessions.

Production from the West Nile Delta development is projected to reach up to 1 billion cubic feet per day, providing a new source of gas for the domestic market in Egypt.

The first phase will develop an estimated 5 trillion cubic feet of gas and associated condensate through subsea development of five offshore fields into a new purpose-built onshore gas plant on Egypt's Mediterranean coast. First gas is expected in late 2014.

The new agreement amends the commercial terms and the governance structure for the two concessions located in the West Nile Delta, enabling BP and its partner RWE Dea to proceed with development.

Tony Hayward, chief executive of BP, said: "This agreement unlocks a new phase in realizing the huge potential of the Nile Delta basin, which will play an important role in meeting regional energy security needs in the coming decades.

"BP and EGPC have a long-standing and successful partnership, and the agreement we signed today takes that to a new level in developing these deepwater resources, as well as creating an important source of future growth for BP."

The company said that the scale of investment and activities of the West Nile Delta Project is expected to create thousands of job opportunities during the different project phases and will contribute to the growth of petroleum-related industries in Egypt.