Egypt’s production is failing to keep pace with its growing consumption, and struggling to meet its export commitments, and in the last few weeks, government officials met with Qatari and Algerian counterparts to discuss the prospect of importing gas from those countries.

The gas crunch drove Egypt’s newly appointed Minster of Petroleum and Mineral and Resources, Usama Kamal, to urge the country’s key offshore gas producers to hike production (MEES, 13 August). Feedstock shortfalls have only added to the problems suffered by the country’s creaking electricity infrastructure, which had struggled to keep pace with peak summer demand. (CONTINUED - 964 WORDS)