Officially gas output from Eni’s 21.5tcf Zohr field offshore Egypt is slated for the Egyptian domestic market.

But operator Eni (60%, though in the process of selling 10% to Abu Dhabi state firm Mubadala-see p6; Russia’s Rosneft 20%, BP 10%) still holds out hope of exports.

Eni gas chief Massimo Mantovani told the firm’s Q1 earnings call on 27 April that the key to exports is the resolution of an ongoing legal dispute with the Egyptian authorities over the latter’s...