Egypt signs oil, gas exploration deals with Shell, Petronas

Egypt has signed a deep-water oil and gas exploration deals with Royal Dutch Shell and Malaysia’s Petronas worth around $1 billion for 8 wells in the country’s West Nile Delta, the petroleum ministry announced on Saturday.

The country also signed a second $10 million deal with Rockhopper, Kuwait Energy, and Canada’s Dover Corporation for exploration in the Western Desert, a ministry statement said.

Egypt aims to be a regional hub for the trade of liquefied natural gas (LNG) after a string of major discoveries in recent years including Zohr, which holds an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of gas.

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