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Zohr field

The gas field is believed to be the largest-ever gas discovery in Egypt and the Mediterranean

Zohr field

Zohr is located within the Shorouk concession, approximately 190 km north of the city of Port Said.

The gas field was discovered by the Italian energy company Eni in 2015 by drilling the Zohr 1X NFW well at a water depth of approximately 1,450 m.
Its the largest ever natural gas find in the Mediterranean Sea, almost twice the size of the nearby Leviathan gas field.

Eni has a 50 % stake in the block and is responsible for operations there.
The other stakeholders are:
  • Rosneft (30 %)
  • BP (10 %)
  • Mubadala Petroleum (10 %)
The field was brought on stream in December 2017, while its production capacity reached 2.7 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd) in August 2019.

This result was achieved thanks to the completion of all 8 land-based treatment units and all the systems for treating and removing sulphur – proceeds from the sale of which, as fertiliser, are used to funding initiatives related to our local development strategy.

The rapid success can also be attributed to the commissioning of a further 3 wells and a 2nd 30-inch gas pipeline, which extends 216 km and connects the underwater production installations to the land-based treatment plant.

The overall investment in the Mediterranean offshore gas project is estimated to be approximately $12 billon, with the initial investment to bring the gas field into production estimated to be approximately $4 billon.

The project makes a fundamental contribution towards Egypt maintaining independence regarding imports of natural gas.
Thanks to Zohr, the country has recovered the self-sufficiency in the gas sector that was lost after 2011.
The field will satisfy all of Egypt’s demand for natural gas for decades to come, meeting 65 % of the energy needs of a nation that is set to become a regional hub for the re-export of LNG.