LONDON -- After drilling the deepest ever well in the region, BP (IW 1000/4) on Monday said it had discovered a "significant" amount of gas in the East Nile Delta.

“The deepwater exploration well, named Salamat, is the deepest well ever drilled in the Nile Delta," the company said.

BP Egypt Regional President Hesham Mekawi added: "The Salamat discovery is a great outcome for our first well in this core exploration program in the East Nile Delta. It shows our commitment to meeting Egypt's energy needs by exploring the deep potential offshore the Nile Delta."

Salamat was found about 47 miles north of Damietta city and 35 kilometers to the north-west of the Temsah offshore facilities, said BP, which has full ownership of the discovery.

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