BP, which operates the first well in the North Damietta Offshore concession, was granted rights in February 2010

The well was drilled using the ‘Maersk Discoverer’ semi-submersible rig in water depth of 649m and reaching a total depth of around 7,000m.

According to the company, the wireline logs, fluid samples and pressure data confirmed the presence of gas and condensate in 38m net of Oligocene sands in Salamat.

In order to better define the field resources and to assess the options for developing the discovery, further appraisal will be required.

BP exploration executive vice president Mike Daly said, "With a hydrocarbon column in excess of 180 metres, the discovery increases our confidence in the materiality of the deep Oligocene play in the East Nile Delta."

The company is currently evaluating the standalone and tie-back to the nearby Temsah infrastructure development options.

The Salamat discovery, in which the company owns 100% equity, is located around 75km north of Damietta city and only 35km to the North West of the Temsah offshore facilities.