Egypt’s natural gas production has reached 7 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d), up from 6.8 bcf/d at the end of June, an Oil Ministry official told Reuters.

The 0.2 bcf/d increase in Egypt’s natural gas production is attributed to the recent discoveries in the Nile Delta concession area, as well as the new boost in production of Zohr field .

The production capacity of Zohr gas field has risen to 2.7 bcf/d, five months ahead of the scheduled date, whereas Belayim Petroleum Company (Petrobel) has successfully achieved a natural gas discovery in the Nile Delta concession area, with its initial rate of production at 20 million standard cubic feet per day (mscf/d)

Egypt has announced its natural gas self-sufficiency at the end of 2018, which reinforces its position as a Mediterranean energy hub, along with its strategic location and existing infrastructure.