SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, March 3 (UPI) -- Emirati energy company Dana Gas said it was overhauling its el-Wastani natural gas plant in Egypt to increase its production by 25 percent.
The company said it was shutting down the facility for two weeks to upgrade capacity by 40 million cubic feet per day to 200 million cubic feet.
Mark Fenton, general manager for Dana's subsidiary in Egypt, said the maintenance was planned as soon as his company received permission to bring new fields in the country into commercial production.
"It is a necessary work and the tie-in of the new wells along with the maintenance program ensures that the plant is also fully upgraded prior to new wells coming on stream during the year," he said in a statement published Sunday.
Dana announced last week it signed agreements with the Egyptian government to explore for natural resources in eastern Nile Delta waters. The four-year campaign in the area would begin with seismic surveys and exploration wells to get a better understanding of the potential reserves.
The project will be Dana's first offshore in Egypt.