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The Issaran field concession is located in the Eastern Dessert, 290 km southeast of Cairo. The concession is operated by Scimitar Production Egypt Ltd (SPEL) under a Petroleum Service Agreement with GPC. The field produces heavy oil (10-12 API gravity with a very low GOR) and was the first heavy oil development in Northern Africa stimulated with steam. 

There are 5 main reservoirs from Miocene formations (Zeit Sands, Upper Dolomite, Lower dolomite, Gharandal and Nukhul) that are made  

up of highly fractured carbonates and which differ in reservoir characteristics and in their contribution towards the total field’s oil production. This is combination with Heavy Oil makes this a uniquely challenging and highly specialized operation. 

The company is based in Cairo, Egypt and has a field operations base in Issaran. The company employs over 500 people to support its operations, ranging from exploration, development, oil production, well intervention, steam generation, accounting and general services to health and safety activities.