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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Last Night’s Talk Shows on 14 December 2017

It was another humdrum evening on the airwaves, particularly with talk show power couple Lamees Al Hadidi and Amr Adib both taking the night off.

Oil Minister Tarek El Molla told Al Hayah Al Youm’s Tamer Amin that the exact date for bringing the Zohr gas field online is not yet set and depends entirely on the outcome of tests currently being conducted on the pipelines and processing plants. Production could begin in as little as 24 hours, he noted (watch, runtime: 7:16).

El Molla also gave Masaa DMC’s Osama Kamal a call to discuss figures and plans that we have heard a mn times over, including initial output from Zohr (350 mcf/d) and projected output (1 bcf/d by June 2018), as well as the fact that “Egypt is on its way to achieving natural gas self-sufficiency” by the end of next year. He added that BP’s North Alexandria concession has saved the country around USD 60 mn worth of LNG shipments per month (watch, runtime: 14:19).

Speaking of self-sufficiency: Egypt will reach that milestone for fish production by 2022, General Authority for Fish Resources Development Spokesperson Mohamed Shaaban told Tamer Amin. Shaaban said that domestic fish farms helped keep fish prices relatively stable while poultry and meat prices skyrocketed (watch, runtime: 3:20).

Over on Yahduth fi Masr, Sherif Amer and Mostafa El Fekki sat down for their customary Wednesday evening chat, the topic of which was US President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. El Fekki claimed that the UK is saving diplomatic face by refraining from supporting Trump’s decision, but is moving behind the scenes to push small eastern European countries to do that on its behalf. He also called on the Arab League to send a delegation of Arab foreign ministers to enter negotiations with the US administration on the issue.

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