Egypt’s crude output is recovering since plumbing a 35-year low in early 2016. It hit a 10-month high 645,000 b/d in May. Increased activity by oil majors in the country’s Western Desert could see output rise further.

The main focus of Egypt’s upstream in recent years has been its gas output, which rose to 6bn cfd in June, a six-and-a-half year high (MEES, 13 July). Crude output on the other hand fell to a 35-year low in March last year but has since rebounded, posting a...