BP has started production from its West Nile Delta development in Egypt eight months early and under budget.
The project comprises five gas fields across the North Alexandria and West Mediterranean Deepwater offshore concession blocks.
The first two fields, Taurus and Libra, have started producing gas as part of the first phase of the project.
The other three, Giza, Fayoum and Raven, will follow in 2019.
BP is the operator with a 82.75% stake, while DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG holds the remaining 17.25%.
BP chief executive Bob Dudley said: “West Nile Delta is a strategic national project that will add significant gas production to the Egyptian market and is another example of BP’s commitment to Egypt.
“Our continuing investments in the country, including West Nile Delta, Atoll and our recent investment in Zohr, are laying the foundations for growth for BP in Egypt well into the future.
“It is also another important step in BP’s growing production from high-quality new projects – in total, the West Nile Delta project will account for around a quarter of the new production we expect by 2020.
“Coupled with the series of important agreements that BP has recently made around the world, the continuing start-ups of these projects demonstrate momentum and a return to growth across BP.”