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Egypt: a new platform for growth

In September 2021, alongside our consortium partner, Cheiron, Cairn acquired a material production, development and exploration portfolio onshore Egypt.

Based in Egypt’s Western Desert, the assets:

  • Materially enhance, diversify and prolong Cairn’s production base, supporting cash-generative growth
  • Provide near-term development and significant exploration potential, both oil and gas
  • Add significant gas production volumes to Cairn’s current portfolio

Cairn’s entry to Egypt means access to one of the most competitive hydrocarbon regimes across the Middle East and North Africa region, in a prolific basin with low production costs.

Production and development

Cairn aims to grow production over the next four years up to 50,000 boepd (Cairn WI). Opportunities have been identified to significantly extend field life and increase recovery rates through infill drilling, optimised water-flooding and facilities optimisation.

The producing fields are split over four distinct areas:

  • The Obaiyed Area (Cairn 50% WI): contains Egypt’s largest onshore gas field and includes the Obaiyed Concession and other producing concessions.
  • Badr El Din (BED) (Cairn 50% WI): The BED area comprises five producing concessions, both oil and gas
  • North East Abu Gharadig (NEAG) (Cairn 26% WI): The NEAG area comprises the concession covering the NEAG Tiba area and the NEAG Extension area
  • Alam El Shawish West (AESW) (Cairn 20% WI): The Alam El Shawish West concession area

2021 estimated production is anticipated in the range 33 – 38 kboepd subject to the current Operator’s ongoing capital programme.


The production and development areas outlined also hold attractive near-field exploration potential, that will be evaluated and ranked during the early part of 2022 and form part of the forward ramp-up in investment activity.

The portfolio also includes material potential exploration upside, with significant upcoming activity in existing concessions, as well as three newly awarded exploration blocks (South East Horus, West El Fayum and South Abu Sennan). Cairn operates these newly awarded exploration concessions with a 50% working interest.

Our consortium partner, Cheiron, operates the North Um Baraka and North Matruh concessions (Cairn 50% WI).

The consortium has a near-term exploration programme of ten wells and three 3D seismic acquisition surveys over the next three years.  The initial wells are targeting a portfolio of over 100 mmboe gross unrisked.  Newly acquired 3D seismic will allow the delineation of additional potential, particularly in deeper stratigraphic intervals, through greatly improved imaging.