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BP Egypt’s DEKA project in offshore Egypt produced its first gas Tuesday with the start of production at the Denise South-6 well.

The well is producing at a rate of 50 million cubic feet per day (mmscf/d).

The Denise South 6 well is approximately 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Port Said, in 328 feet (100 meters) of water.

The DEKA project is on the Denise and Karawan gas fields in the Temsah concession located in the East Nile Delta.

The gas produced at DEKA will supply Eygpt’s domestic market.

DEKA is a group of gas discoveries being developed through five subsea wells and includes the installation of subsea production systems and sealines as well as gas processing at the onshore El Gamil Gas Plant onshore.

El Gamil is owned by Petrobel, a joint venture between the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and Italy’s Eni.

DEKA uses existing infrastructure from the Seth field that BP holds a 50 percent stake in, the Temsah pliocene export pipeline and El Gamil gas terminal infrastructure.

The project is expected to deliver 230 mmscf/d of gas at peak production from the five wells starting in early 2015.

“We look forward to continuing to play a key role in the development of Egypt’s energy sector and maximizing the use of our existing resources to help meet the country’s growing energy demands for years to come,” BP North Africa Regional President Hesham Mekawi said.

BP and Italy’s ENI each hold a 50 percent interest in the Temsah concession. DEKA is operated by the Petrobel joint venture.