A bid round for blocks in Egypt’s Red Sea, initially slated for the end of 2018, will eventually be launched during the first quarter of 2019 according to local Egyptian reports, citing oil ministry sources. The launch was delayed until “all required approvals are obtained,” according to the source.

The bid round falls under the jurisdiction of the oil ministry’s southern Egypt focused arm Ganope, which signed a $750mn deal in December 2017 with Norway’s TGS...