Vegas has enjoyed a 25 year history of participation and success in the onshore Egyptian upstream sector. Vegas began its involvement in Egypt, in 1990 through Kriti Oil & Gas, an affiliate company. Kriti acquired an operating interest in 1990 and managed production operations until final relinquishment in February 2014.
Vegas, as a brand, became active in 2003 upon opening a branch office in Cairo to explore a new concession, success in which led to the award of three development leases. Commercial discovery was declared in November 2008 and first oil exported in February 2009.
Since 2003, Vegas have developed the business by acquiring additional exploration concessions in Egypt via licensing rounds. Vegas have drilled some 75 wells as operator of which 24 have been exploration wells and the remainder appraisal and development wells. A total of 14 discoveries have been made in four different concessions resulting in 10 different development leases on aggregate. This success has yielded a total 2P reserves base of 445 million barrels oil equivalent. The 2013 exit production rates were 15,340 barrels per day liquids and 71.3 million standard cubic feet per day gas.
The company’s corporate culture is now focused on business growth and the pursuit of new business opportunities. Vegas continues to operate the exploration license of East Lagia in Egypt and the exploration asset of Brookshire Salt Dome in Texas (USA) through its 35% shareholding in Motor Oil Vegas Upstream Limited.
Timeline of Key Events
|2016||Acquisition of the mining rights in the Brookshire Salt Dome Project (USA).|
|2014||EA development lease expires. WO is relinquished.|
|2013||First gas is exported from NWG. Vegas discovers “North Dabaa” in EG. Vegas is awarded the East Lagia (EL) Concession in Sinai, which is now operated by Vegas East Lagia (VEL).|
|2012||First oil produced from EG. Vegas obtains approval for the Al Ola Development Lease in NWG.|
|2011||Vegas is awarded the EG development lease and becomes the Operator of WO.|
|2010||Vegas Oil & Gas discovers “Safwa” and “Sabbar” in EG, “Al Ola” is discovered in NWG and first gas is produced in AESW. Vegas West Obayed (VWO) agrees to purchase 70% of West Obayed (WO) Concession in Western Desert.|
|2009||Vegas made the “Geyad” discovery in NWG. Three development leases are awarded in AESW and one in NWG.|
|2008||Vegas discovers “Al Amir SE” in NWG. The fifth discovery “Magd” is made in AESW|
|2007||Vegas is awarded the East Ghazalat (EG) Concession in the Western Desert (100% WI, farmed-down later to 50% with Vegas remaining the Operator). Two development leases are awarded, first oil is achieved and three more discoveries are made in AESW.|
|2006||The first discovery, “Karam” is made in AESW.|
|2005||Vegas is awarded the Alam El Shawish West (AESW) Concession in the Western Desert (100% WI, farmed-down in 2007 to 55% with Vegas remaining the Operator and to 35% in 2009).|
|2004||The first discovery is made in the South Gharib in NWG.|
|2003||The Company acquires the North West Gemsa (NWG) concession with 100% WI. This is later farmed down to 50% and the Company remains the Operator.|
|2002||Vegas Oil & Gas is incorporated|
|1990||Kriti Oil & Gas (later a subsidiary of Vegas) acquires the East Alamein (EA) Concessionwith 100% WI. This is later farmed down to 65%|