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Egypt signs exploration deals with U.S. and Cyprus firms

Egypt signs exploration deals with U.S. and Cyprus firms

Cairo: Egypt's minister of petroleum and mineral resources signed two agreements for oil and gas exploration in upper Egypt with U.S. company IPR and Cyprus subsidiary Mediterra, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The agreements include the drilling of three exploration wells located in sectors 7 and 8 in the country's southern Al-Baraka field in Aswan, investments worth a minimum $4.3 million and a one-off fee for the licence called a signature bonus, totalling $200,000.

The contracts were signed between Egypt's Ganoub El-Wadi Petroleum Holding Company (GANOPE), IPR and Mediterra.

Minister of Petroleum Tarek al-Molla said the deals will help increase oil production to meet local needs.

Al-Molla added that the new agreements will intensify research activities in the southern area of the country which has promising petroleum prospects. 

Source: Reuters

 

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