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Title:Natural gas in Egypt: its occurrence, reserves, and future prospects
Author:Barakat, M.G.
Periodical:L'Égypte contemporaine
Geographic term:Egypt
Subject:natural gas
Abstract:Although Egypt has one of the longest histories of oil exploration, dating back to 1868, non-associated gas was not discovered in commercial quantities until the International Egyptian Oil Company found the Abu Madi gas field in the north-central part of the Nile Delta in 1967. Later two other economically important gas discoveries were made: the offshore Abu Qir field found by Phillips Petroleum Company in 1969 to the northeast of Alexandria in the Mediterranean, and the Abu Gharadig field discovered by AMOCO in 1971 in the Western Desert. All three gas fields were discovered while the respective companies were exploring for oil. The structural setting, stratigraphy, pay zones and reserves of each field are described. In addition, natural gas is reported, either free or associated, in the different petroliferous provinces of Egypt. In order to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for hydrocarbon products, the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation has adopted a number of measures geared towards boosting exploration activities, including a new gas clause guaranteeing sufficient incentives whenever gas, rather than oil, is discovered. Bibliogr.