Italian oil and gas group Eni announced Wednesday it had produced its first gas from the Zohr field in Egypt, the largest gas discovery ever made in the Mediterranean.
Zohr, located in the offshore Shorouk block about 190 kilometres north of Port Said, was discovered in 2015 and holds an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of gas.
The field will be able to satisfy a part of Egypt’s natural gas demand for decades to come, Eni added in a statement.
“It will completely transform Egypt’s energy landscape, allowing it to become self-sufficient and to turn from an importer of natural gas into a future exporter,” Eni chief executive Claudio Descalzi said.
Zohr is one of Eni’s seven record-breaking projects, which have involved rapid development and production, and is testament to the success of Eni’s Dual Exploration Model, adopted by 2013, the firm added.