Editor's note: This paper was presented at the Mediterranean Offshore Conference in Alexandria where it won the Best Paper Award. A peer-reviewed version of this paper is currently being prepared for a future issue of GeoArabia. This version has been slightly modified to conform to TLE style.

The Northeast Mediterranean Deepwater Area (41 500 km2) was awarded to Shell Egypt in July 1998. Operations started on 1 February 1999 to acquire a 7000-km, 2-D (6-km cable, 8 s, 120-fold) seismic survey. Key pre-1999 data included a 1500-km 2-D seismic (1973 vintage). In December 1999 Exxon Exploration and...

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