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Offshore Med discoveries could boost Egypt’s gas sector

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The EIA reports that natural gas production in Egypt has been in decline, falling from a 2009 peak of 5.8 billion ft3/d to 3.9 ft3/d in 2016 (based on estimates in BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy). The startup of a number of natural gas development projects located offshore in the eastern Mediterranean Sea near Egypt’s northern coast has significantly altered the outlook for the region’s natural gas markets.

Production from these projects could offset the growing need for natural gas imports to meet domestic demand, according to the Egyptian government.

The West Nile Delta, Nooros, Atoll, and Zohr fields were fast-tracked for development by the Egyptian government and have begun production, providing a substantial increase to Egypt’s natural gas supply. The Zohr field’s estimated recoverable natural gas reserves of up to 22 trillion ft3 would make it the largest natural gas field in the Mediterranean, based on company reports gathered by IHS Markit. The Zohr field is currently producing 1.1 billion ft3/d and is expected to increase to 2.7 billion ft3/d by the end of 2019.

The Middle East Economic Survey (MEES) indicated that Egypt will still need to import small volumes of natural gas in the coming years, particularly for the power sector.

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