West Nile Delta project enhances Egypt’s energy production

Raven plant. Credit: BP

In Egypt, the demand for gas is rising for electricity generation, but the extractive industry is still under development.  

The West Nile Delta project is set to change that and will help the country to meet the rising demand for energy. 

The peak production of this project, when completed, has been estimated at 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day, which represents 30% of Egypt’s current gas production. 

Van Oord, a Netherlands-based marine contractor, has been awarded two contracts to move the project forward.  According to Van Oord, “The assignments include the construction of a landfall and the execution of subsea rock installation works in Egypt.” 

The gas development project is being carried out in three phases. The first phase involved the development of Taurus and Libra gas fields, while the second phase involved the development of the Giza and Fayoum fields.  

The Giza and Fayoum developments, which include eight wells, are currently producing about 400 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmscfd) and is expected to ramp up to a maximum rate of about 700 mmscfd. 

For the development of the Giza, Fayoum, and Raven fields, Van Oord performed the shallow water subsea rock installation scope on the pipelines. 

The third stage of the West Nile Delta project will develop the Raven field. This project includes eight wells and will be constructed as a deepwater long-distance tie back to shore, where the new Raven onshore plant is being built, immediately adjacent to the Giza and Fayoum facilities. Production is expected to start in late 2019. 

A trailing suction hopper dredger, backhoe dredger, and 600 tonne winch will be deployed for dredging an offshore trench and the construction of a cofferdam.  

Side stone dumping vessel HAM 602 was deployed for the rock installation in the shallow parts, working in water depths varying from 5 m to 15 m. Flexible fallpipe vessel Nordnes was deployed in 2017 and 2018 to execute deepwater rock installation up to 650 m.