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Egypt’s gas supplies to petchems firms rebounded strongly last year as a string of field start-ups boosted output by over 1bn cfd, with Eni’s giant 24tcf Zohr field the most recent addition ( MEES, 15 December 2017 ).
Canada’s Methanex, operator (50%) of the 1.26mn t/y EMethanex methanol plant at Damietta on the Mediterranean, has received full gas allocations since late-2016. A lack of gas forced it to shut down for several months in both 2015 and 2016.
EMethanex produced 1.068mn t of methanol in 2017, just behind 2013’s record 1.091mn t. These figures imply that the plant has been receiving 100mn cfd of methane since late 2016 (with the exception of a Q3 2017 turnaround – see charts). Other Egyptian petchems firms – most state-owned – have yet to release comparable 2017 data. But EKHolding, which operates the 1.2mn t/y-capacity AlexFert plant in Alexandria, saw output rise 51% to 669,000 t for Q1-3 2017. (CONTINUED - 868 WORDS)
DATA INSIDE THIS ARTICLE
|chart||Egypt’s Gas Output Returns Above 5bn Cfd, But Still Below 2011 Peak (Bn Cfd)|
|chart||Emethanex Saw Output Rebound To Near-Record Levels In In 2017...|
|chart||...With ‘Full Gas Deliveries’ Since Nov 2016** (Mn Cfd)|