Egypt’s electricity generators burned an average 3.63mn cfd of gas in their power plants in 2019, down from 2018’s record 3.74mn cfd. With Egypt’s gas output rising 11% to a record 6.51mn cfd for 2019, the share of the country’s total gas output burned to generate power fell to a six-year low of 55% for 2019 as a whole and just 47.1% for December, with the last month of 2019 also seeing Egypt hit a gas output record of 6.83bn cfd (MEES, 14 February).

The slump in gas burning initially came thanks to the start-up from mid-2018 of three giant modern combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants totalling 14.4GW, which allowed the retirement of older less efficient units (MEES, 27 July 2018). (CONTINUED - 749 WORDS)