A consortium including Italy’s Eni, Russian energy company Lukoil and the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) is set to establish a natural gas processing plant in Egypt’s Western Desert with a capacity of 100 million cubic feet of gas per day and investments worth $700 million.
The construction will start once government approvals are issued. It is expected to start before year-end, Chairman of AGIBA Petroleum Company Mohamed al-Kaffas said.
He said that the plant will receive natural gas from companies working in the Western Desert and will link it with the natural gas complex in Alexandria through a 200-kilometer pipeline.
Construction of the plant is expected to be completed in three years, Kaffas said, adding his company will dig 28 new natural gas wells that will enter production in tandem with the new station.
AGIBA petroleum company is a joint venture between Eni and the EGPC. AGIBA is active since 1981 with operations mainly focused in Eni’s oil and gas concessions located in the Western Desert Area of Egypt.
Egypt’s gas production currently stands at 5.5 billion cubic feet a day, after adding some 1.6 million cubic feet as a result of starting production from several projects, including the giant Zohr gas field.
The country’s total natural gas consumption is about six billion cubic feet per day, of which roughly 65 percent goes to the electricity sector.
The new discoveries are expected to turn Egypt into a net exporter of natural gas from a net importer.
Egypt plans to stop importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) by the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year ending in June as it accelerates production at a number of newly-discovered gas fields, Petroleum Minister Tarek el-Molla said in January.