Egypt’s aging gas acreage is in steep decline. Output has averaged below 4bn cfd since January, a 12-year low. This is despite new fields coming onstream. Even Eni’s supergiant Zohr field – due online at end-2017 – is unlikely to return Egypt to the realm of gas exporters.

It is no secret that Egyptian gas fields, especially those in the country’s offshore Mediterranean production heartland, suffer from steep decline rates. But latest MEES analysis indicates...