Speaking exclusively to MEES, Egypt’s oil minister Tarek El Molla (see p4), is confident that while complex geopolitics have held up development of East Med gas, Egypt’s resources and infrastructure are the key to unlocking the region’s potential.

Fresh from obtaining its own gas independence, Egypt harbors much grander ambitions than merely halting imports. It intends to become a hub for gas exports, not just from Egypt but from across the region. The government is...