FACTBOX: How big is Egypt's newfound Zohr gas field?

Reuters , Tuesday 1 Sep 2015

The Zohr natural gas field discovered off Egypt by Italy's Eni is the largest found in the Mediterranean with a potential 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, almost twice as large as the Leviathan field off Israel

Eni Egypt
(Photo: Courtesy of Eni official Facebook page)


The discovery, announced on Sunday, covers about 100 square kilometres.

The find could help meet energy-starved Egypt's gas needs for decades to come and could compete with gas projects in Israel and Cyprus.

Globally, however, Egypt is outside the top 10 countries in total gas reserves, with Russia, Iran and Qatar holding by far the largest.

Below are the top three biggest gas fields in the world, followed by the biggest in the Mediterranean:

    South Pars/     1,800 tcf    Iran/Qatar    1971                       producing since 1989
    North Field
    Urengoy           275 tcf      Russia          1966                       producing since 1978
    Yamburg          200 tcf      Russia          1969                       producing since 1986
    Hassi R'Mel     85 tcf            Algeria                1956         producing since 1961
    Zohr                   30 tcf           off Egypt              2015         undeveloped
    Leviathan         17 tcf           off Israel               2010         undeveloped 
    Tahaddi            9-10 tcf       off Libya               1999         producing since 2006
    Tamar               7.9 tcf          off Israel               2009         producing since 2013
    Salamat            5 tcf             off Egypt               2013         undeveloped
    Atoll-1               5 tcf             off Egypt               2015         undeveloped
    Aphrodite         4.5 tcf          off Cyprus            2011         undeveloped  


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