The largest gas deposit in the Mediterranean, Egypt’s Zohr natural gas field, has started production on Saturday bringing the country closer to its goal of energy self-sufficiency.
Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Tariq al-Molla said in a statement on Saturday that the gas field is set to produce an initial 350 million cubic feet per day.
He described the production of Zohr natural gas field as ‘unprecedented’ which marks a milestone in the history of international gas production in general and Egyptian gas production in particular.
The project is divided into multiple stages; the first stage of the project to be completed in June 2018 while the second to be completed by the end of 2019.
The estimated production of the first stage is expected to reach 1 billion cubic feet per day and the completion of the whole project is expected to raise the production to 2.7 billion cubic feet per day.
Zohr is an offshore natural gas field located in the Egyptian sector of the Mediterranean Sea; it was discovered by the Italian energy giant Eni in 2015.