Egypt’s Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources has announced the start of the experimental operation of the country’s largest and most modern natural gas lab, to analyse the natural gas, water, condensates and sulphur produced by the Zohr field, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
The Zohr field, the largest natural gas discovery ever made in the Mediterranean, is located off Egypt's northern coast, within the Shorouk block, some 190km north of Port Said.
Minister of Petroleum Tarek El-Molla said the petroleum sector is keen to apply modern techniques and optimise their use in increasing production.
The lab includes highly precise, modern and developed equipment that enables engineers, chemists and technicians to make accurate measurements and carry out lab experiments for the Zohr field, the statement read.
Zohr’s daily production will increase to 1.75 billion cubic feet per day by the end of the month and to 2 billion cubic feet per day by September, according to the ministry.
Field production in Zohr, which contains an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, is expected to rise to 2.7 billion cubic feet per day by the end of 2019, transforming Egypt into a regional power hub.
The field started production in late 2017, with an initial production of 350 million cubic feet per day.