FILE - Minister of Petroleum Tarek El-Molla
CAIRO – 14 June 2018: Production of Zohr gas field is going to be increased to reach 1.75 billion cubic feet per day in August after the completion of the third unit of gas treatment plant 10 days ahead of schedule, Minister of petroleum Tarek el-Molla said.
Molla added that the completion of the third unit of the plant came in line with the implementation of the 30-inch marine pipeline from the wells to the land treatment plant, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of next July.
The minister added that the field development, the entry of the accelerated production stage and the first and second production lines on the national network of gases, in addition to other development projects, contributed to increasing the rates of domestic production to about 6 billion cubic feet of gas per day.
Molla announced earlier that Zohr gas field production would rise to 900,000 million cubic meters per day before the holy month of Ramadan.
In 2015, Eni discovered Zohr gas field, the biggest gas field in the Mediterranean, with an estimated production of 30 trillion cubic feet.
The second phase of Zohr gas field will add around two billion cubic feet per day to Egypt's production and will be completed before the end of the year, according to Minister of Petroleum Molla.
Egypt plans to stop importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) by the end of fiscal year 2017/2018 by adding 1.6 million cubic feet to its production from its latest gas discoveries, including West Delta’s Taurus and Libra fields, as well as the Atoll and Zohr gas fields.