The natural gas output of Egypt has recently risen to 6.6 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd). The rise is contributed to an increase in production at Egypt’s Zohr offshore gas field in the Mediterranean.
Egypt’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El-Molla, reiterated that the daily natural gas production from the Zohr gas field had increased to 2 Bcf (equivalent to approximately 365,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day [boed]). El-Molla attributed this groundbreaking achievement to the efforts of the petroleum sector employees and the government.
Zohr gas field is the largest ever discovery of natural gas in the Mediterranean Sea. Located within the offshore Shorouk Block (some 190 km north of Port Said), the gas field was discovered by Italian energy company Eni SpA in 2015. And, the field reportedly started production in December 2017, just 28 months after its discovery and is said to be on track to reach plateau production of 2.7 Bcfd next year. The total gas in place in the field is estimated to be around 850 Bcm (30 Tcf) of reserves.
Meanwhile, with the aim of ending gas imports by 2019 and achieving self-sufficiency of natural gas, Egypt seeks to speed up production from recently discovered fields, including Zohr. And, Eni reiterated that Zohr was playing a fundamental role in supporting Egypt’s independence from LNG imports.