CAIRO: The Minister of Petroleum is working to provide alternative quantities of diesel oil and solar to factories in the industrial zone of North Sinai, particularly cement factories, after the bombing of the Arish natural gas pipeline Tuesday, a ministry source told Al Masry Al Youm.
The Arish natural gas pipeline was blasted in a suspected militant attack for the 22nd time after the January 25 Revolution, Youm7 reported.The pipeline extends from areas in central and southern Sinai to Jordan.
Fixing the pipeline may take number of days, the source said, which is expected to negatively impact Egypt’s exports of natural gas to Jordan. Egypt provides about 75 million cubic feet of natural gas daily for use in generating electricity.
Khaled Abdel Badee, head of the holding company for Egyptian Natural Gas, said the ministry expects Egypt’s natural gas production to total 5.4 billion cubic feet daily in the next fiscal year, beginning June 30, Reuters reported. The daily consumption of natural gas is estimated to total 5.57 billion cubic feet daily, Reuters reported.
The Ministry of Petroleum is now working to increase Egypt’s production of natural gas in order to overcome the current crisis in solar and diesel oil.
Since October 2013, the petroleum sector has signed 31 agreements seeking oil and natural gas.