The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) resumed providing gas to all fertilizer plants at about 90% of the contracted amount, estimated at 600mcf/d, according to Daily News Egypt.
EGAS, however, said it cannot fulfill their expected needs due to the high consumption of gas by power plants. An EGAS official said that power plants’ consumption of natural gas rose to about 2.8bcf/d due to the increase in weather temperatures.
EGAS provides 1.2bcf/d of gas for homes, cars, and low-consumption industries, in addition to 60mcf/d for National Cement (NCEM), Helwan cement plant, and Katameya cement factory, according to the official. The official added that the import of gas through the liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipment in Ain Sokhna Port fell to 1bcf/d.
Currently, Egypt produces 3.8bcf/d of gas, compared to 4.2bcf/d in 2015, due to the natural shortage in national production. Country’s production has declined, while the total production of the compensatory wells does not exceed 700mcf annually.