Egypt does not import liquefied natural gas (LNG) directly from Qatar and has not received LNG shipments from Qatar since the rule of former President Mohamed Morsi, according to an official in the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, cited by Egypt Independent.
The source denied previous reports that Qatar had halted LNG shipments to Egypt. The rumor started late July, when it was announced that the Gulf country had reject two LNG shipment requests and several other LNG requests coming from third-parties in Egypt as a result of the political tension between the two countries, Reuters reported.
“Egypt imports gas shipments from global tenders and then contracts with international suppliers, regardless of their nationality,” the official pointed out. The source additionally noted that the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) has already concluded its 2017 LNG deals.
Egypt aims to boost its gas production and has recently decreased the number of LNG shipments it imports from 14 shipments per month to 10. Egypt plans to achieve natural gas self-sufficiency by 2018.