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The Daily Star: Zohr gas field starts production

Eni’s discovery of Zohr in August 2015 promises to satisfy much of the local demand and could make Egypt a gas supplier for the eastern Mediterranean.
19.12.17 | Interesting article at The Daily Star

Egypt’s Eni SpA-operated Zohr natural gas field has started production, bringing the country closer to its goal of energy self-sufficiency. Gas from the Mediterranean’s largest offshore field is pumped to a facility in Port Said city, to be prepared for delivery to the national distribution network, with initial production of 350 million cubic feet per day, Oil Minister Tarek El-Molla said in a statement Saturday. Daily output is set to rise to about 1 billion cubic feet in June and 2.7 billion by the end of 2019, he said.

Production from Zohr will help the Arab nation achieve “self-sufficiency of natural gas, ease the burden on the state budget and cut the imports bill,” El-Molla said.

Zohr could put an end to the tenders that suppliers from Glencore Plc to Trafigura PTE Ltd. have won in past years. The field also will help ease pressure on Egypt’s economy, which has been plagued by a shortage of foreign currency since a 2011 uprising. Egypt now imports liquefied gas at high costs to meet its energy needs. However, Eni’s discovery of Zohr in August 2015 promises to satisfy much of the local demand and could restore the nation as a gas supplier for the eastern Mediterranean region.