The General Petroleum Company (GPC) has started procedures to implement a project for the treatment of harmful emissions in the eastern desert fields with prevalent gas flaring, Al Borsa reported. The project is to be realized in collaboration with the Kuwait Gulf Oil Company (KSC), with an investment of $127m. The gas-flare processing will begin by July 2017.

GPC Director, Ehab El-Sherbini, said that the project will collect about 15mcf/d of gas that used to be flared, pump it into the plant to produce butane derivatives and other gases, which will then be transferred to the national gas network.

The project to treat harmful emissions was supposed to be implemented in 2009, after procedures were finalized and a contract was signed with KSC, but it was halted due to Egypt’s recent circumstances, El-Sherbini explained.