New train for Egyptian LNG project

UK oil and gas company BG Group Plc has said that the success of its Sienna-2 appraisal well offshore the Nile Delta in Egypt will allow for a second liquified natural gas (LNG) train. “Sienna-2 marks the completion of the appraisal programme to confirm sufficient reserves to underpin Train 2 of the Egyptian LNG project,” said BG and Italian partners Edison International, 50-50 partners in the concession. The well is in the north central area of the West Delta Deep Marine Concession (WDDM), 77km offshore and drilled to a depth of 2597 metres in water of 991 metres. The well, which was not tested, is the 16th success in the WDDM and confirms the northern extention of the Sienna gas reservoir. ELNG, a joint venture with BG, Edison, the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co. and Egyptian General Petroleum Corp, is developing the proposed USD 900 million Egyptian LNG export plant to be based at Idku, east Alexandria. French Gaz de France also holds 5% in the project. The first train, expected to be sanctioned in mid-2002, will have a capacity of 3.6 million tonnes of LNG per year and first production is scheduled for mid-2005. No information was immediately available for the capacity of the second train.

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