In recent years, the eastern Mediterranean Sea has seen a significant increase in exploration activities. Although it was probably Italian oil and gas company Eni's record-breaking Zohr find in 2015 that put the region on the radar of many geoscientists, the region has seen significant finds since 2009 with the discovery of the Tamar and Leviathan gas fields in Israeli waters. In 2011, Cyprus announced the Aphrodite discovery with an estimated gas reserve of 4.2 tcf. This was dwarfed in 2015 by the Zohr discovery's 30 tcf of potential reserves, which, if realized, would single-handedly almost double Egypt's gas reserves. All this activity is reason enough for The Leading Edge to take a closer look at the region.

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