BP has discovered natural gas in the North Damietta offshore concession block in Egypt’s East Nile Delta, the company’s third discovery in the block. The Qattameya Shallow-1 exploration well, in which BP has a 100% interest, was drilled to a total depth of 6,434 ft in water depth of 354 ft. “This latest discovery confirms our belief that the Nile Delta is a world-class basin,” BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley said on 26 March. The well is 37 miles north of Damietta city in the northern part of the country. The company produces approximately 40% of Egypt’s gas.