The North Damietta Offshore block is located in Egypt's Nile Delta to the north of BP and Eni's North El Burg and Ras El Barr licence areas. The block was awarded to a consortium of BP Petronas Carigali and Shell in the 2008 EGAS licensing round though Petronas and Shell exited the block in 2012. The partners spudded the first exploration well Salamat 1 in August 2012. The well was one of the deepest ever drilled in Egypt taking over a year to drill and discovered an estimated 1.6 tcf of recoverable gas. BP followed up Salamat with a second well Atoll 1 which spudded in September 2014. This is the deepest well ever drilled in Egypt with a total depth of 7 400m and took over seven months to drill. In March 2015 BP announced an Oligocene gas discovery at around 6 400m. BP now plans a fast track development of Atoll via the nearby Ras El Barr facilities.