The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources announced that its low-carbon projects reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 1.347 million tons.
This effort came in line with the ministry’s Modernization strategy which aims to keep the environment safe, achieve sustainability, as well as reduce harmful emissions and costs while optimizing operational efficiency to live up to Egypt’s prestigious position as the host of COP27.
According to a report issued by the ministry, these low-carbon projects included flare gas recovery project at Qarun Petroleum Company, Agiba Petroleum Company, Petrosilah Petroleum Company, Assiut Oil Refining Company, East Zeit Petroleum (ZEITCO), PetroSannan Company, Borg El Arab Petroleum Company, Khalda Petroleum Company, Petroshahd Petroleum Company and Belayim Petroleum Company (Petrobel) with a total recovery of 40 million cubic feet of gas per day.
The statement said that this recovered gas is used in extracting butane and operation of generators and ovens instead of diesel. The report added that 88 low-cost projects were implemented to improve energy consumption efficiency in 31 companies that succeeded in reducing electricity consumption and improving operation efficiency.
Also, the report stated that solar panels were installed in the buildings and fields of 21 companies producing 1,350 kilowatts. Additionally, several natural gas connection projects were launched in the poor villages in January 2021 as part of the Haya Karima (‘Decent Life’) initiative.
Moreover, the country targets to build the infrastructure needed for natural gas networks in more than 1,450 villages during the first phase of the initiative in addition to connecting 118 villages and finalizing the needed land networks for connecting 515 villages.
Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla pointed referred to the government’s efforts to encourage citizens to convert their vehicles to run on natural gas instead of fossil fuel which resulted in converting 472,000 cars so far and increasing the number of natural gas supply stations to more than triple in one and half year.