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| 12 February, 2018

Eni says to produce 2.9bcf per day from Zohr field by second half 2019

Discovered in 2015 by Eni, the field contains an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of gas.

A fire is seen on a gas pipeline in the Massaeed area west of the Mediterranean coastal town of al-Arish, North of Sinai. Image for illustrative purposes.

A fire is seen on a gas pipeline in the Massaeed area west of the Mediterranean coastal town of al-Arish, North of Sinai. Image for illustrative purposes.

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CAIRO- Production from Egypt's huge offshore Zohr field in the Mediterranean will reach 2.9 billion cubic feet per day by mid-2019, Italy's Eni ENI.MI said on Monday.

Speaking at an industry event in Cairo, CEO Claudio Descalzi said the goal was to reach output of 1.8 bcf to 2 bcf per day by the end of 2018 and then ramp up to 2.9 bcf per day by mid-2019.

Discovered in 2015 by Eni, the field contains an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of gas.

Descalzi confirmed that by mid-2019, seven trains would be operating.

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Egypt has been seeking to speed up production from recently discovered fields, with an eye to halting imports by 2019 and achieving self-sufficiency.

(Reporting By Eric Knecht and Nadine Awadallah; Writing By Maha El Dahan; Editing by Adrian Croft) ((Maha.Dahan@thomsonreuters.com; + 9712 4082101; Reuters Messaging: maha.dahan.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))