In September 2021, Cairn, together with consortium partner Cheiron, acquired a portfolio of upstream oil and gas production, development and exploration interests from Shell in the Western Desert onshore Egypt.


The producing fields are split over four distinct areas, each with different characteristics and geographies:

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) comprises five producing concessions, both oil and gas

North East Abu Gharadig (NEAG) (Cairn 26% WI) comprises the concession covering the NEAG Tiba area and the NEAG Extension area

Alam El Shawish West (AESW) concession area (Cairn 20% WI)


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.


In addition to near-field exploration potential within the development areas, the portfolio also includes material potential exploration upside, with significant upcoming activity in existing concessions, as well as three newly awarded Cairn operated exploration blocks – South East Horus, West El Fayum and South Abu Sennan. The objective of the exploration programme is to discover new commercial volumes to replace the producing reserves in order to sustain Cairn’s Egypt production from 2025 onwards.

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