Egypt’s natural gas output has risen to 6.6 billion cubic feet per day after an increase in production at its gigantic Zohr offshore gas field in the Mediterranean, a petroleum ministry official told Reuters on Saturday.
On Friday, Minister of Petroleum Tarek El-Molla said in a statement that daily natural gas production from the Zohr gas field has increased to two billion cubic feet.
El-Molla attributed the record-breaking achievement to the efforts of the petroleum employees and the government.
Zohr, discovered by Italian energy company Eni in 2015, is the largest ever discovery of natural gas in the Mediterranean Sea.
The total gas in place in the field is estimated to be around 850 billion cubic metres. If true, Zohr could almost double Egypt's gas reserves.
Egypt seeks to speed up production from recently discovered fields, including Zohr, with the aim of ending gas imports by 2019 and achieving self-sufficiency of natural gas.