Natural gas consumption for electricity generation increased to 27 billion cubic feet (cf) per week, Head of the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), Osama El Bakly, told Amwal Al Ghad.

Power plants were previously using around 3.5 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d), but, with the rise in temperature, the plants consumption jumped by around 400 million cubic feet per day to be around 3.9 bcf/d, El Bakly pointed out.

Imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) covers a huge part of the power plants’ needs and the country imports approximately 1 bcf/d. This LNG is converted into usable gas by floating storage regasification units (FSRUs) and then the gas is injected into the national grid and channeled to the electricity plants.

Egypt produces between 5.1 and 5.2 bcf/d of natural gas. This gas is used to support the needs of the electricity and industrial sectors, the two sectors that consume the most gas, El Bakly added.