BG Group completes Rosetta-11

BG Group plc and partners Shell Egypt NV and Edison International have completed the Rosetta-11 exploration well in the Rosetta Concession, offshore the Nile Delta. The Rosetta-11 well marks a Pliocene gas discovery in a new field, Rashid North, 20 km northeast of the Rosetta field.

Rosetta-11 was drilled to a depth of 1,605 m in a water depth of 160 m and was suspended as a future production well.

"Since 1997, the company has realized a 92% success rate having drilled 23 successful wells out of 25, said Stuart Fysh, president of BG Egypt.

The Rosetta-11 well completes the exploration program in the Rosetta Concession. BG and partners have applied to the Egyptian General Petroleum Corp. for a development lease for this new discovery and approval is expected to be granted later this year. Under the concession agreement, all areas of the concession not included in a development lease or development lease application were relinquished to the Egyptian Government on May 29.

BG Group has a 40 % working interest in Rosetta. Shell Egypt NV holds 40% and Edison International holds the remaining 20%. The partners were awarded the concession in 1995.


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