Egypt aims to increase production at its huge Zohr offshore gas field in the Mediterranean to 1.75 billion cubic feet per day in August, Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla said on Thursday.
Molla said in a statement that recent production increases have pushed Egypt’s total natural gas production to about 6 billion cubic feet per day. The third gas processing unit at Zohr natural gas field began operations on June 14, 10 days ahead of schedule.
Tarek El Molla was sworn in on Thursday 14 June by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi as the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. El Molla will be serving under the new Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly who replaced Sherif Ismail last week.
Discovered in 2015 by Italy’s Eni, Zohr contains an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of gas.
Egypt is in the process of working to increase its gas production to reach self sufficiency and resume exporting natural gas.