Issue: March 2012



  • Layers of Dust… The Antiquated Practices Standing Between the Petroleum Sector and Transparency

    The organic development of the Egyptian petroleum sector has long been curbed by the venal administration that has festered over the last decade, and keeping the public at arm’s length remains an essential tool in maintaining the status quo and quelling any shot at genuine reform; the public is on a need-to-know basis, and in the eyes of the government, the public seldom does.

  • Crisis of Confidence: The Tantalizing Hope of Rebuilding Trust

    On an unremarkable morning in mid-January of the current year, several cities across Egypt suddenly found themselves half-paralyzed and in a state of anxiety, owing to a sudden gasoline shortage that hit gas stations simultaneously. The shortage gradually developed into a crisis in the days that followed, and the public’s anxiety evolved into panic. Immense queues built up and tensions reached boiling point, leading to several violent clashes and a reported death. Meanwhile, the political leadership claimed innocence from the debacle and blamed circumstances and rumors, justifications which several private sector operators contradicted.

  • A Hopeful Outlook in Times of Uncertainty

    German energy company RWE Dea has been operating in Egypt for 30 years, proving to be a successful partner in the development of the country's hydrocarbon resources. Mr.Dirk Warzecha, General Manager of RWE Dea Egypt, speaks to Egypt Oil & Gas about the opportunities and challenges facing Egypt's Petroleum sector as well as the company's successes and plans for the future.

  • The Mediterranean: A Treasure Trove of Natural Gas for Egypt

    The Suez Oil Company (SUCO) is regarded as one of the major players in the Egyptian petroleum sector when it comes to both oil and natural gas. A joint-venture company between the Egyptian General Petroleum Company (EGPC) and German giant RWE DEA, SUCO has been a key petroleum operator in Egypt. Through its development strategies and emphasis on Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE), SUCO has cleverly placed itself among the most environment-friendly operators in the country.


    Fugro-Geoteam AS, one of the industry leaders in marine seismic acquisition was contracted by Edison International SpA to acquire what would turn out to be a very challenging 3D multi-azimuth seismic survey of the Mediterranean coast of Egypt in the North Abu Qir licence offshore Egypt. The North Abu Qir Concession is located 20km north of the Abu Qir gas field, which is 42 km north east of Alexandria. The survey area was approximately 350 sq. km and to be acquired with 3 azimuths of headings 000, 060 and 300 totalling approximately 1000 sq. km of acquired data.

  • GANOPE-NJSC Naftogaz Exploration Agreement Reinforces Minister’s Vision

    Under the stewardship of Petroleum Minister Eng. Abdullah Ghorab, the Egyptian petroleum industry has witnessed a rising number of agreements between the Egyptian government and foreign companies. Greater focus has been placed on encouraging foreign investment in exploration and development operations in order to build up Egypt’s reserves of oil and natural gas and thus meet burgeoning domestic needs, in addition to exporting surplus resources with the purpose of funding economic development.

  • Monthly News

    News of the month, know more about the recent activities this industry has shown during February 2012.