The three adjoining blocks are located in the Abu Gharadig basin, one of the most active exploration areas in western Egypt, and include the 1,075-square-kilometre Alam el-Shawish west concession, the 974-square-kilometre Alam el-Shawish East block and Abu Sennan, which covers a total area of 1,589 square kilometres. Under the terms of local production sharing agreements, companies have the option to take up a 20-year development lease after the first discovery of hydrocarbons, with an option to extend for additional five-year periods.

Bids are also due by 1 December for the exploration and production rights to nine new blocks being tendered by Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), in its second bid round of the year. The acreage on offer includes two large onshore blocks in the northern Sinai, while the remaining offshore blocks are all located in the Mediterranean (MEED 30:7:04).