Gas output from Italian firm Eni’s flagship 21.5tcf Zohr gas field was down 11% to 2.45bn cfd from 2021’s record 2.74bn cfd, MEES learns. This is 6% down on the 2.6bn cfd output cap placed on the field in September 2021 and some 23% down on the field’s nominal 3.2bn cfd capacity, indicating that water breakthrough remained an issue last year.

And MEES learns from a source at state gas firm Egas that output at the beginning of April slipped to just 2.1bn cfd, although this appears to be a temporary blip with Eni telling MEES that Zohr output is currently between 2.4-2.5bn cfd. Even then, it remains well below previously planned plateau levels. Any outages at Zohr will be of concern to Egypt, after the country’s gas output dropped to a 28-month low 6.132bn cfd for February (MEES, 7 April). (CONTINUED - 1747 WORDS)