Position overview


Apache's activity in Egypt began in 1994 with the company's first Qarun discovery well, and today, Apache is one of the largest acreage holders in Egypt’s Western Desert. At year-end 2014, Apache held 6.7 million gross acres, of which approximately 71 percent is undeveloped, providing considerable exploration and development opportunities for the future. The position had gross oil production of 197,000 barrels per day and gross natural gas production of 895 MMcf per day in 2014, or 88,000 barrels per day and 370 MMcf per day net to Apache’s consolidated holdings.

Sinopec holds a one-third minority interest in Apache’s Egypt oil-and-gas business. At Dec. 31, 2014, our Egypt region had estimated proved reserves of 280 MMboe, of which 93 MMboe is attributable to Sinopec’s noncontrolling interest.


second-Quarter 2015 Update

  • Second-quarter gross production averaged 349 MBoe/d, up 2 percent from the previous quarter.
  • Net oil production increased 9 percent from the first quarter due to successful drilling and completion programs in the Berenice and Ptah areas and high success rates from the development and exploration drilling programs.
  • In the Khalda area, Apache drilled 21 development wells in the second quarter, totaling 41 development wells year to date with a success rate of 96 percent.
  • The Alamein Basin saw the majority of drilling activity with a total of 8 wells drilled. Six wells were drilled in the Abu Gharadig Basin, five wells in the Faghur basin and two in the Shushan basin.
  • Apache also drilled seven successful exploration wells during the quarter, achieving a 78% success rate.

Khalda area

  • Faghur Basin:
    • The Ptah-5X appraised the northeast flank of the Ptah field located within the Khalda Offset concession. The 5X encountered 50 feet of high-quality pay in the AEB 3D/3E and 107 feet in the Paleozoic Shifah reservoirs. The step out well is flowing at a restricted rate of 3,000 Bo/d and increases the producing area of the AEB 3D/3E and Shifah oil reservoirs by several hundred acres.
    • The first development well in the Ptah field, the PTAH-6, logged 48 feet of net pay in the AEB-3D/3E and 164 feet of net pay in the Paleozoic Shiffah. The well was completed with a 30-day average IP of 3,447 Bo/d.
    • In the Berenice field, an additional development well was drilled bringing the total to four development wells since January. Berenice 5 logged 93 feet of net pay in the AEB3D/3E.
    • The Pacific-1X an exploration well located in the Khalda II concession area encountered gas pay in several zones of the Abu Roash formation. The well completed with a 30-day average rate of 2,444 Boe/d.
    • The Ras Kanayes 25XST1 well, located in the Ras Kanayes B Development lease, was drilled to appraise the Safa reservoir and found 102 feet of gas condensate pay in zones in the upper and lower Safa.
  • Alamein Basin:
    • Four development wells were drilled in the North Razzak field located in the Alamein basin during the quarter. Them North Razzak 18 encountered 19 feet of net pay in the Alamein Dolomite (main target), 20 feet in the AEB-6 sand, and 24 feet in a new pay zone: the Masajid dolomite, which is expected to add incremental reserves.
  • Shushan Basin:
    • In the Shushan basin, the Falak NW3 encountered approximately 40 feet of net pay in the Upper Safa and 117 feet in the Lower Safa while proving up additional locations. It tested at 6.7 MMcf/d and 287 Bo/d on a 32/64” choke.


Acreage and Key Basins

Apache Egypt Region Acreage and Key Basins


  • Exploring What`s Possible in Egypt
    Exploring What`s Possible in Egypt


Oil production (Bpd) 99,975 88,643
Natural gas production (Mcfd) 405,544 367,950
Total liquids production (Bpd) 101,189 89,527
Barrels of oil equivalent per day 168,779 150,853


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