The 1st commercial production of gas from the Egyptian field of Zohr will begin by the end of 2017, said in El Cairo on March 27, 2017, Igor Sechin, CEO for Rosneft.
The declarations of Sechin occurred during a meeting held Monday night with the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, as told Egyptian news agency Mena.
Zohr, discovered by the Italian oil company Eni in 2015, is the largest deposit of natural gas in the Mediterranean.
It is estimated that it houses about 850 billion cubic meters of gas.
In December 2016, Rosneft acquired a stake of 30 % of the Shorouk concession, off the Egyptian North Coast, which contains the gas field of Zohr.
The production of natural gas in Egypt is estimated at around 4.4 billion cubic feet per day (about 125 million cubic meters), and is expected to increase to 1.5 billion more for the end of 2017, according to a statement from the Ministry of Petroleum.