Located close to one of the most prolific petroleum provinces in Africa, western Egypt’s Mediterranean offshore area has clear potential. New long-offset GeoStreamer 2D data and an anticipated license round have pushed this area to the top of many companies’ exploration priorities.
The area defined as "Egypt West Mediterranean Sea" is bounded to the south by the mature onshore Western Desert basins and to the east by the prolific Nile Delta cone. This frontier zone covers approximately 80 000 sq. km and the PGS data library is an excellent place to start an evaluation of its hydrocarbon potential.
Reprocessed 3D surveys and reprocessed legacy 2D seismic data, complement newly acquired and processed long offset GeoStreamer 2D seismic, which include gravity and magnetic data. The total seismic coverage amounts to 37 500 km of 2D and 6 000 sq. km of 3D. Of this, around 8 000 km of 2D data provides well and field tie-lines that link the prolific Nile Delta to the frontier exploration area further west.
Depth processing of the data acquired in 2018 was completed at the end of September 2019 to enable evaluations of the hydrocarbon potential of the region prior to the first license round offshore west Egypt.
An integrated interpretation project using reprocessed legacy data, together with 2016 GeoStreamer 2D seismic data, allowed the identification of a number of geological domains (shelf zone with two distinct south-north trending canyons, a narrow Transform Margin, the Mediterranean Ridge, the Herodotus Basin, and the Nile Delta extension). This comprehensive interpretation study, supported by basin and gravity modeling studies, indicates that the elements are in place for a working petroleum system.
The most recent data acquisition over the Egypt West Mediterranean Sea and Nile delta cone should aid further understanding of the prospectivity within these domains, in addition to transferring geological and prospectivity knowledge from the more explored Nile delta towards the domains further towards the west.
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