Egypt’s oil output fell to just 572,000 b/d for November, the lowest figure in 40 years, with crude output of 494,000 b/d below 500,000 b/d for the first time since the 1970s. Not only has output from the mature Gulf of Suez province (which first produced in 1908) continued its long-term decline, production from the Western Desert, which overtook the Gulf of Suez in the early 2000s, has also been on the slide. Western Desert output of 293,000 b/d for November was the lowest in a decade (see chart 1).