Gas consumption in Egypt rose last month to 3.3m tonnes from 2.3m tonnes in March, according to the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS).
An official at EGAS said that the power plant, household, and industrial sectors account for the largest proportion of gas consumption. Egypt’s natural gas production witnessed a remarkable increase last year, reaching 5.7bn cubic feet per day from 5.5bn cubic feet at the beginning of 2018.
The source said that the rising production rates are based on a number of gas projects that have been realised recently, such as the Zohr gas field in northern Alexandria and the Atoll gas field in the East Nile Delta.
Minister of Petroleum Tarek El-Molla said last week that the Zohr field’s production reached 900m cubic feet per day after inaugurating its second production unit, and said he expects it to reach 1.2bn cubic feet per day before the beginning of Ramadan. The gas reserves of the Zohr field are estimated at 30tn cubic feet of gas per day, as it covers some 100 sqkm.