Egypt's Petroleum Corp, Eni set price for gas from Zohr field

Reuters , Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 Nov 2015

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

The price of gas from the massive Egyptian offshore field Zohr will be ranging from a minimum of $4 to a maximum of $5.88 per million BTU, according to Mohamed El-Masry, Egypt's head of the General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC).

El-Masry told reporters at a press conference in Cairo on Tuesday that EGPC negotiated the prices with Italy's Eni, which discovered Zohr, earlier this week.

Zohr, which was discovered in August, has been deemed the largest gas field in the Mediterranean at an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet.

Eni expects to invest between $6 billion and $10 billion to develop the field, with operation scheduled to start in 2017.

According to El-Masry, Italy's Edison will complete its seismic survey of the area surrounding the Zohr gas field next month.

"The discovery of the Zohr gas field helped accelerate the companies' research and exploration," El-Masry said. The seismic survey was previously expected to be completed after 1-1/2 years.

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