ABSTRACT:

Red Sea Rift is an active rift system and a good modern day analogue for salt deposition. It is a spreading central between two tectonic plates, the African Plate and the Arabian Plate. It extends down the length of the red sea, stretching from the southern end of the Dead Sea transform to Triple Junction with Aden Ridge and the East African Rift (Afar triple junction) in the Afar Depression of eastern Africa. Exploration in the Red Sea subjected to some problems, such as insufficient data on organic carbon contents of the Miocene and Cretaceous shale which are probably the main hydrocarbon source rock as that of Gulf of Suez Basins. However, the thick Middle Miocene reefal and shelf carbonates deposits exposed in Ras Banas area, or/and their offshore marine equivalent, may acts as good source rock. The pre-Miocene structural traps are complex as the Stratigraphic traps in the Gulf of Suez which are in the form of reefs. Litho logical change and pinch-out are probably frequent in the early and middle Miocene. Although Pre-Tertiary sediments, including Nubia sands have not so far been found in the subsurface of the Egyptian Red Sea, they would be prospective oil reservoir if present. A number of drilled wells on the Saudi Arabian side of the red sea posses Hydrocarbon shows as well as the Giant Burgan Gas and Condensate producing field, so a potential Hydrocarbons on the Egyptian Red Sea side are expected. BACKGROUND: Ganoub El Wadi Petroleum Holding Company (GANOPE) is one of the Egyptian petroleum sector entities that were established to realizing ultimate exploration of oil and gas in Upper Egypt (Western and Eastern Desert, South Gulf of Suez and the Egyptian side of the Red Sea). GANOPE act as the leading organization in Upper Egypt to manage and engage effectively in oil and gas exploration and production activities, by maintaining a competitive edge to attract direct investments under various concession agreements. Al Baraka Field is the first continuous production of crude oil from Upper Egypt in December 22, 2007. The continued and regular production from Al Baraka field since its discovery is a proof on the presence of a successful and effective hydrocarbon system in Upper Egypt, in contrast to the belief which was common before

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