Egypt signed the country’s first contract for the production of unconventional gas in Northeast Abuel Garadeek region at the Western Desert with Apache and Shell.
The gas project will target the Apollonian geological layer coherent structure which requires horizontal drilling and multiple hydraulic fracturing, which is the same method used in shale gas production in the United States.
The project investments are about $30-40 million along with drilling three horizontal wells, according to Egypt’s Ministry of Petroleum.
Tariq Al Mulla, Chief Executive of EGPC and Tom Maher, President of the US Apache Corporation and Aiden Murphy, Chairman of Shell Egypt, signed the contract.
Sherif Ismail, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources pointed out that this project will open up new horizons for the Western Desert region for the production of unconventional gas from these geological structures, extended over a large area in the region.
LNG World News Staff; Image: Egypt Ministry of Petroleum