Egypt eyes liquefied fuel exports to Asian markets

CAIRO — For the precept time in eight years, Egypt resumed operations of its two liquified pure fuel  (LNG) stations in Damietta and Idku, north of Cairo, in a train to restart exporting fuel by process of China, Japan and India to Asia, and by process of Greece and Cyprus to Europe. This might flip Egypt true right into a predominant fuel exporter with a positive influence on the nationwide monetary system that has been dealt a extreme blow as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.

In February, Egypt introduced the launching of bids to fabricate higher excavation operations for fuel and oil inside the Mediterranean Sea, the Crimson Sea and the Western Wilderness. 

It moreover began to export LNG vans to China and India for the Asian market, after restarting the stations in Damietta and Idku on Feb. 22.

Egypt seeks to broaden its LNG exports from the Damietta and Idku stations to succeed in 12.5 million lots each twelve months, in keeping with Egyptian Minister of Petroleum Tarek el-Molla, after a foremost decline of exports closing twelve months following the coronavirus outbreak worldwide.

The Damietta set had stopped operations in 2012 after Egypt decided to divert feed fuel for home make the most of to confront the fuel shortage attend then. 

A number of Egyptian media retailers quoted feedback talked about in a memoir by VEROCY, a Dutch risk consultancy specializing in the Coronary heart East and North Africa, on Egypt’s ongoing progress and prosperity inside the subject of LGN manufacturing and exports inside the jap Mediterranean to international markets at some stage of the approaching size given its strong infrastructure.

The memoir moreover talked about loads of positive indicators, along side the irregular infrastructure of the Egyptian LNG stations, to broaden LNG exports from Egypt, along side from the Idku plant, declaring that each and each physique these exports will attain Asian markets, severely China and India.

A number of specialists and observers who spoke to Al-Video show acknowledged that working the Damietta and Idku flowers would contribute to further boosting Egypt’s fuel infrastructure, turning it true right into a regional hub for fuel exports round the sector. Specialists argued that this may maybe maybe add to Egypt’s political vitality and weight and is a positive indicator of the nationwide monetary system.

Osama Kamal, a historic Egyptian minister of petroleum, advised Al-Video show that Egypt has a strong infrastructure for fuel, whether or not or now not by process of its Damietta and Idku LNG stations, or its pipelines with Israel, Cyprus and Greece.

“These international locations should channel their fuel to Cairo for liquefaction to be exported to Europe and Asia, which is amazingly kindly to the Egyptian monetary system,” Kamal acknowledged.

“Egypt has develop true right into a predominant hub for vitality and fuel commerce on this planet as a consequence of its immense infrastructure that makes it defend a watch on the fuel market. Cairo liquefies fuel after which pumps it inside the neighborhood for the manufacturing of petrochemicals, or reexports it in a worldwide nation, which is moreover profitable given guests prices and the proportion of LNG Egypt will get to toughen the nationwide monetary system with worldwide change,” he added.

Kamal acknowledged that Egypt maintains right family with various international locations, and given its strategic home it can meet any fuel requests — whether or not or now not to Asia by job of China, India and Japan, or to Europe by job of Cyprus and Greece — by job of its immense infrastructure and the enlargement of fuel discoveries to defend manufacturing potential and face any attainable shortage of reserves.

Kamal expects a promising process ahead for fuel for Egypt, as he spoke about gas-operated vessels as a change of diesel gasoline, which is a higher risk for the preservation of the environment. He famous that with the coronavirus vaccine rollout, the worldwide commerce and monetary mission shall be attend in stream, which could maybe maybe nicely lead the restoration of the fuel and vitality market.

Ramadan Abu al-Alaa, professor of petroleum engineering at Suez Canal School, advised Al-Video show that the resumption of operations on the Damietta and Idku stations is a really positive step that may contribute to rising Egypt a hub and a predominant heart for the export of fuel present in deep waters to Europe and East Asia.

“This might suggested giant fuel firms of various nationalities — whether or not or now not British, Italian, French, Spanish or American — to work on strengthening their family with Cairo for liquefaction requests and reexportation,” he acknowledged.

“Being a hub for fuel exports, Egypt can uncover a immense political weight inside the hole, now not to stage out the positive monetary influence amid the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. Egypt will glean pleasure from guests prices and a nick on LNG [passing through its territories], given its unparalleled infrastructure inside the Coronary heart East,” Abu al-Alaa acknowledged.

He famous that on the beginning of March, the East Mediterranean Fuel Discussion board (EMGF) turned given formal area as a regional governmental group based largely completely in Cairo, which is a foremost step to broaden cooperation inside the exploitation of pure sources, along side fuel, among the many many discussion board’s member states — Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece and Italy.

He acknowledged that France’s membership to the EMGF has been accredited, whereas the US has observer area, including, “This might maybe maybe play out to the best factor about Egypt whether or not or now not politically or economically, as a result of it has develop true right into a predominant hub for fuel exports to East Asia.”

Yaman al-Hamaki, professor of economics at Ain Sham School in Cairo, moreover believes that the resumption of operations at Damietta and Idku flowers will push Egypt to the forefront as a hub for fuel exports to Europe and Asia, with immense positive repercussions on the nationwide monetary system when it entails elevated investments and troublesome foreign money coming into the nation, now not to stage out extra job alternate options.

“Neighboring international locations will chase to Egypt to liquefy their fuel, given its vital infrastructure. Due to this fact the Damietta and Idku stations should function at beefy potential to broaden manufacturing and compensate the losses of their indolent years in describe to toughen the nationwide monetary system,” Hamaki advised Al-Video show.

She believes that given Egypt’s strong family with each China and India, Cairo will broaden its LNG exports by job of those two international locations to Asia.

“Europe is a excessive priority to Cairo given the partnership agreements concluded with the European Union and the strong family with European international locations, which can seemingly be an important market for fuel on this planet,” she added.

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