Egypt's first natural gas field -- at Abu Madi, in the Nile Delta about 112 miles (180 kilometres) north of Cairo -- was officially opened on Tuesday (25 February).
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Background: Egypt's first natural gas field -- at Abu Madi, in the Nile Delta about 112 miles (180 kilometres) north of Cairo -- was officially opened on Tuesday (25 February).
Petroleum Minister Ahmed Hilal presided at the ceremonial inauguration by unveiling a plaque and pressing a button that officially opened the field by sending a tongue of flaming gas high into the air. Mr. Hilal and his party from Cairo with bands, banners and the ritual slaughter of a calf. After the opening ceremonies, they held a celebration at the gas-head.
The field was discovered in March of 1967 and developed jointly by the International Egyptian Oil Company (IEOC), the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and Italy's state-owned Hydrocarbons Corporation (AGIP). It will be administered by the Delta Petroleum Company, a non-profit organisation established expressly for the purpose and controlled equally by IEOC and EGPC.
Seven wells have been dug so far at the site, with five already in production, and it is estimated that the field will yield at least 20 years' supply of natural gas for industrial centres as far south as Cairo, where it will be carried by pipeline.