Egypt targets gas self-sufficiency
CAIRO, February 2, 2017 – Egypt’s minister of petroleum and mineral resources, Tarek el Molla, on Thursday said the country is on track to becoming a natural gas exporter by 2019.
Speaking to reporters alongside Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company chair Mohamed El Masry in Cairo, El Molla said self-sufficiency was within reach. While Egypt this year will continue to import gas, El Masry noted that exports could begin in two years’ time.
Over the coming 9 months, Egypt will purchase as many as 45 LNG cargoes from Rosneft and Engie. It also aims to import from Oman.
Also in Thursday, Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation head Tarek El Hadidi confirmed talks were underway with Iraq for imports of 1 million barrels of oil per month for the year. Reports on the negotiations first surfaced in December, suggesting 1-2 million barrels per month.