Egypt has awarded BP Plc and Eni Spa a gas exploration concession in the eastern Mediterranean, BP's North Africa manager Karim Alaa said in a statement on Monday.

Each company has a 50% stake in the 3,200 square kilometre (1,236 square mile) concession located off Port Said, he said.

(Reporting by Ahmed Ismail, writing by Maher Chmaytelli; editing by Jason Neely) ((;))