President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi during the inauguration ceremony of the Zohr natural gas field on Jan. 31, 2018 - video screenshot
CAIRO - 31 January 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi renewed his vow to bring Italian student Giulio Regeni’s killers to trial during the inauguration ceremony of the Zohr natural gas field on Wednesday.
During a short speech, Sisi thanked the Italian company Eni that supervised the project since the beginning, describing the company's head as a “dear friend”.
“It is clear now why some powers tried to spoil our relations using Italian student Giulio Regeni’s case. I promise you all again to bring his killers to trail,” Sisi said during his speech in Port Said City.
Sisi offered condolences to Reggini's family again, affirming that Egypt and Italy enjoy very good and stable relations.
Earlier on Wednesday, President Sisi arrived at Port Said city north of the Suez Canal to witness the inauguration of the giant gas field, Zohr.
Covering an area of 100 square meters with a depth of 1,450 meters, the field is one of the largest offshore gas fields, discovered in 2015 in Shorouq concession on the Mediterranean Sea by the Italian energy company Eni.
Investing around $10 billion in the project, Eni estimates a total output of approximately 30 trillion cubic feet of gas. The new field will help secure energy needs of a country that consumes around six billion cubic feet of gas a day, with 65 percent of it going to the electricity sector.
Zohr is expected to provide the Egyptian economy with a significant boost, estimated at $2.5 billion annually. It started at a capacity of 350 million cubic feet per day, paving the state’s way to realize its ultimate goal of securing its energy needs and becoming self- sufficient.