The round covers 12 blocks, in the Gulf of Sinai, the Red Sea and the eastern and western deserts.
Interested companies can purchase data on the blocks from 1 April. Bids are expected by mid-July.
Mohamed Ezat Sakr, vice-chairman for exploration and production at Ganope, told MEED in early March that a bid round would be launched by the end of the month (MEED 14:3:08).
Ganope plans a further four licensing rounds for the period 2009-2012, Sakr told MEED.
Table: Bid round acreage
|Block number||Block name||Area (square kilometres)|
|2||North Mersa Alam||10,000|
|5||South Gulf of Suez||108|
|6||West Wadi Dib||506|
|7||S. Wadi El Sahl||657|
|8||S. Wadi Mahareeth||11,427|
|10||Qaret El Dahab||4,660|
|12||Darb El Arbaien||6,160|