Egypt says that it will raise its gas output by 50% over the two years to mid-2018. With Eni’s giant Zohr on target, and BP this week reporting that its West Nile Delta will likely start up ahead of mid-2017 schedule, the plan is on track. Recent bumper LNG buying will tide Egypt over (see p5).

Cairo plans to invest some $9.9bn to boost Egyptian gas production to 5.85bn cfd by the end of the country’s 2017-18 financial year in June 2018. As Oil Minister Tariq al-Mulla notes,...