The Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El Molla, chaired the 9th meeting of the higher joint committee for Nile Delta Natural Gas projects, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.

The meeting followed up on the second phase of the development of the West Nile Delta (WND) fields, which include the Giza and Fayoum fields.

The Oil Ministry announced in November 2017 that it expects the WND fields to produce between 500 and 700 million standards cubic feet per day (mscf/d) of natural gas by the end of 2018.

During the meeting, El Molla highlighted the need for concerted efforts among the participating companies to work to the agreed timeframe. Doing so will increase Egypt’s natural gas production and help cover the local market’s demands.

The minister stressed the importance of reviewing and following-up business developments and of increasing the local component of the project.

The meeting further reviewed the development of the Raven field, which is planned to start output at an initial production rate of 350 mscf/d of natural gas. This will be achieved through the establishment of a new onshore gas processing plant with around 600-mscf/d capacity.