'Largest ever' Med gas field found off Egypt

Discovery, confirmed by Egypt's oil ministry, could hold a potential 850 billion cubic metres of lean gas in an area of about 100 square kilometres

'Largest ever' Med gas field found off Egypt

World Bulletin / News Desk

Italian energy giant Eni on Sunday announced the discovery of the "largest ever" offshore natural gas field in the Mediterranean, in Egypt's territorial waters.

The discovery, confirmed by Egypt's oil ministry, could hold a potential 30 trillion cubic feet (850 billion cubic metres) of gas in an area of about 100 square kilometres (40 square miles), Eni said in a statement.

"It's the largest gas discovery ever made in Egyptand in the Mediterranean Sea and could become one of the world’s largest natural-gas finds," the firm said.

The so-called Zohr project discovery is expected to meet Egypt's own natural gas demands for decades.

The "supergiant" field is located at a depth of 4,757 feet (1,450 metres) in the Shorouk Block, Eni said.

The firm said it would "immediately appraise the field with the aim of accelerating a fast track development of the discovery", giving a timeframe of four years.

It added that Eni's CEO, Claudio Descalzi, has visited Cairo and discussed the discovery with Egyptian junta President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab.

"This historic discovery will be able to transform the energy scenario of Egypt," Descalzi said in the statement.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, in a message to Descalzi, congratulated the oil company on the "extraordinary" discovery.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Ağustos 2015, 11:44