In July the US’ Apache Corporation released details of a further six discoveries in the Western Desert, shortly after announcing what it described as its most significant discovery to date in the area, the Qasr-1X well, which tested at a combined rate of 51.8 million cubic feet a day (cf/d) of natural gas. Apache has a total of 13 concessions in Egypt, making it one of the country’s largest foreign investors. Apache made 11 discoveries in 2002 (MEED 3:10:03)