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In April 2015 Egypt received its first ever LNG cargo, as it sought to deal with crippling power cuts to both domestic and industrial users. Fast forward three years and Cairo is now talking about exporting gas again with output having hit an all-time high of 6.6bn cfd, the Ministry of Petroleum confirmed to MEES on 12 September.
The key boost to output, up 1.6bn cfd (32%) over the past year, has come from Eni’s 21.5tcf Zohr field.
The rapid ramp up at Zohr, together with output increases at offshore developments operated by BP and Italy’s Edison, saw offshore Mediterranean gas output hit 3.225bn cfd in July. But this was before Zohr added a fourth 400mn cfd production train in July and a fifth in late August. Eni says that as of 8 September “Zohr is now producing 2bn cfd” with this achieved not only under nine months from project start-up ( MEES, 15 December 2017 ) but a year ahead of schedule. Plateau volumes “in excess of 2.7bn cfd” are slated to be hit next year.
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