The scope of works for the 18-month contract covers design, fabrication and installation of offshore facilities to drill eight new development/production wells to a maximum water depth of 1,000 metres. The facilities will be installed using Saibos and Sonsub Normand Cutter field development vessels.The scheme aims to maintain and increase production from both developments. At Scarab/Saffron, production will be increased to 850 million cubic feet a day (cf/d) from 620 million cf/d. For Simian, production will be maintained at 900 million cf/d. ‘We have an option of increasing production [from Simian] to 1,100 million cf/d,’ a BGC official said on 8 August. ‘However, we are unlikely to exercise it.’ Increased production from both developments are targeted for domestic consumption and planned new liquefied natural gas (LNG) developments at Idku. BGC is a joint venture of BG Egypt, Malaysia’s Petronas and Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS). BG is the concession operator.