Egypt to Enhance Production at Zohr Gas Field with New Wells

Zohr's offshore petroleum and natural gas production (Egyptian Presidency)
Zohr's offshore petroleum and natural gas production (Egyptian Presidency)
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Egypt to Enhance Production at Zohr Gas Field with New Wells

Zohr's offshore petroleum and natural gas production (Egyptian Presidency)
Zohr's offshore petroleum and natural gas production (Egyptian Presidency)

Egypt's Petroleum Company (PETROBEL) announced that in the fiscal year 2022/2023, the Zohr field produced an annual amount of 2.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas, accompanied by about 3,700 barrels per day of condensates.

During the company's general assembly to discuss the annual operational results, which was attended by Petroleum Minister Tarek el-Molla, Chairman Khaled Mowafy announced that plans are underway to put well number 20 into production by the end of October 2023, in line with the increasing gas production from the Zohr field in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Zohr field, the largest gas field in the Mediterranean, represents about 38 percent of Egypt's gas production. Its discovery in 2018 enabled Egypt to cease gas imports and become a net natural gas exporter.

Mowafy further added that the project connecting the Zohr field's processing station with the compressors of the Jamil station has been completed, which will significantly enhance the field's recovery rate.

He noted that preparations are also underway to drill several new wells during 2024-2025, continuously studying ways to maximize production rates and increase the recovery factor.

Molla stressed that the partnership between Petrobel, a subsidiary of the Egyptian General Petroleum Corp., and the Italian energy company Eni represents a successful model of cooperation and integration within Egypt's petroleum industry.

Meanwhile, Eni's Natural Resources Chief Operating Officer Guido Brusco announced that Algeria, Egypt, and Libya will be Italy's leading gas suppliers for the next few years.

Brusco told Reuters that Eni Energy group would invest heavily in Africa in exploration and new low-carbon projects.

Regarding the Zohr field, Brusco said its performance aligns with the company's plans and is better than bigger fields in Russia.

He added that Eni plans to invest around $3.5 billion over four years in activities including exploring and managing existing fields in Egypt.

Egypt's Petroleum Minister stressed the need to intensify drilling activities, implement feasible engineering and technical solutions, and employ the latest technologies to boost production rates.

He further highlighted the state's readiness to support this project entirely, one of Egypt's largest and most significant gas production projects.

Molla reaffirmed a promising opportunity to increase oil and gas production rates through enhancing operational efficiency and intensifying research and exploration efforts.

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Egypt's Central Bank Leaves Key Interest Rates Unchanged

A general view of Dahab Island or Gold Island (Gezirit el-Dahab) in the middle of the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt, July 2, 2024. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A general view of Dahab Island or Gold Island (Gezirit el-Dahab) in the middle of the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt, July 2, 2024. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Egypt's Central Bank Leaves Key Interest Rates Unchanged

A general view of Dahab Island or Gold Island (Gezirit el-Dahab) in the middle of the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt, July 2, 2024. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A general view of Dahab Island or Gold Island (Gezirit el-Dahab) in the middle of the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt, July 2, 2024. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egypt's central bank left its overnight interest rates unchanged on Thursday, as expected, saying economic growth remained slow but that inflation has been decreasing.
The bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) left the deposit rate at 27.25% and the lending rate at 28.25%.
All but one of 18 analysts in a Reuters poll had expected rates to remain unchanged, with the sole analyst forecasting a cut of 100 basis points (bps).
The decision keeps the overnight deposit rate below that of headline inflation, which was 27.5% in June. Real interest rates have been negative since January 2022. Inflation declined in June for a fourth straight month after soaring to a record 38% in September.
The MPC expects inflation to come down sharply in the first half of 2025.
"The gradual unwinding of food inflation along with the improvement of inflation expectations suggest that inflation is on a sustained downward trajectory," the MPC said.
Gross domestic product inched down to an annualized 2.2% in the first quarter from 2.3% in the final quarter of 2023, the MPC added.
"Leading indicators for Q2 2024 suggest that economic activity remains subdued. Consequently, real GDP growth is expected to slow down in FY 2023/24 compared to the previous fiscal year, before recovering in FY 2024/25," it said.
Egypt reported GDP of 3.8% in 2022/23.
The central bank raised interest rates by 600 bps on March 6 as part of an agreement with the IMF, bringing total increases since the beginning of the year to 800 bps. Egypt also sharply devalued its currency against the dollar under its IMF accord.