Ramadan Field—Egypt: Gulf of Suez Basin
Published:January 01, 1994
A. Shawky Abdine, Wafik Meshref, A. Nabil Shahin, Paul Garissino, Salah Shazly, 1994. "Ramadan Field—Egypt: Gulf of Suez Basin", Interior Rift Basins, Susan M. Landon, Anny B. Coury
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Ramadan field covers some 2850 ac (11.5 km2; 4.5 mi2) in the offshore, central province of the Gulf of Suez basin, some 174 km (108 mi) to the southeast from Suez City (Figure 1). The field is estimated to contain several hundred million barrels of oil as ultimate recoverable reserves, making it the fourth largest oil field in Egypt. The field is located on a gulf parallel (clysmic trending) tilted fault block system, generated during two pulses of rifting. Within the same area, and situated on similar structures, are the July and El-Morgan oil fields which, together with Ramadan field, account for over 39% of the oil reserves in Egypt. The field is operated by the Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (GUPCO), which is a joint venture between the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and AMOCO Egypt Oil Company (a subsidiary of AMOCO Production Company).
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Interior Rift Basins
Not only are rift basins the foundation for much of the geologic history of the earth, but they also are very attractive areas for hydrocarbon accumulations. Klemme stated that this geographic area has provided significant hydrocarbon reserves: "By area, these basins represent slightly over 5% of the world's basins (50% productive). However, high recovery has resulted, as they contain 10% of the world's present reserves (12% of the oil reserves and 4% of the gas reserves)." The rift basins discussed in this volume are only a few of the productive and, more importantly, potentially productive rift basins in the world. The term "rift" was coined by Gregory (1896) for the graben that now bears his name in the Kenyan portion of the East African rift system. The study of geology of rift basins began in the Rhine graben. The discovery of hydrocarbons in rift basins about the turn of the century provided new motivation for understanding these basins. This publication was initiated by the AAPG Publications Committee in 1985 and contributors were invited to write. AAPG designed their "World Petroleum Basins" series and sought to publish the definitive volume on each of several basin types. In this volume, "Interior Rift Basins," a detailed, 3-paper overview was written about the Suez Rift basin as representative of interior rift basins. The key papers were followed by less detailed reviews of three other selected interior basins: Pripyat and Dnieper-Donets Basins; Reconcavo Basin, Brazil; Albuquerque Basin Segment of the Rio Grande Rift.