Rachel Williamson

Middle East correspondent
A Petroceltic wellhead at West Dikirnis, Egypt. SDX will begin exploration in the country this month. (Petroceltic)

SDX Energy survives in Egypt as others fail

SDX Energy Country Manager Ahmed Moaaz explains how his company has made it through Egypt’s money woes as it looks to begin exploration in the country.

3 February 2017
The Tourah cement plant, Egypt. The country’s industrial gas users have suffered from shortages. (Suez Cement)

EGAS bypassed in Egypt’s market liberalisation plans

New legislation aimed at opening up the Egyptian gas market will allow private companies to import and distribute gas.

19 January 2017
A wellhead at West Dikirnis, Egypt. The country owes around $3.6 billion to IOCs. (Petroceltic)

IOCs step up pressure on Egypt

Cairo wants to use some of an upcoming $12 billion IMF loan to pay off its debts to IOCs, but other industries also need cash.

19 December 2016
The commissioning of Siemens’s three 4.8 GW power plants is expected to be completed by the end of December.

Gas supply problems delay Egyptian power plants

Siemens’s construction of power plants in Egypt has outpaced the timelines for local gas production and may leave the country with more capacity than it can handle.

8 December 2016
Egypt’s Disouq concession. Service companies are suffering from thin margins. (Dea)

Egyptian tenders a sore spot for service providers

Service companies are complaining that Egypt’s tender system is not responding to the financial pressures they are facing.

10 November 2016
A gas rig in Disouq, Egypt. The country is aiming to reduce its gas consumption. (RWE Dea)

Egypt to cut fossil fuel use by 15%

Cairo is planning to release gas for export by making more efficient use of the fuel, thereby also reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.

27 October 2016
Egypt’s Idku LNG plant. EGAS says supplies to the plant will soon be increased. (Shell)

Egypt eyes Idku LNG restart following Shell deal

Egypt may begin exporting LNG again soon if reports of a deal between Shell and Cairo to supply gas to the Idku plant prove correct.

6 October 2016
The jetty at Egypt’s Idku LNG plant. The facility has been idled since 2014. (BG Group)

Shell keeps Israeli gas producers guessing

The Anglo-Dutch giant is considering using Israeli gas to supply its Idku LNG plant in Egypt, but experts say this scenario is far from certain.

14 September 2016
Egypt’s Tourah cement plant. Industry leaders say they will pass on increased electricity prices. (Suez Cement)

Cairo refuses to cut industrial gas and power prices

The Egyptian government promised to cut gas and power tariffs, but industrial users are still waiting for prices to fall.

8 September 2016
Israel’s Tanin and Karish gas fields.

Greek player braves East Med trouble zone

Energean’s purchase of the Tanin and Karish fields from Delek could see the Greek explorer out of its depth in choppy waters.

23 August 2016
The speaker of Lebanon’s parliament, Nabih Berri. (PA)

Lebanon inches closer to gas tender

A political agreement in July looked likely to lead to progress for Lebanon's oil and gas tender, but the development was not as positive as it seemed and legislative hurdles remain.

9 August 2016
Eni E&P in Egypt. Ganope is yet to attract heavy hitters to the south of the country. (Eni)

Egypt launches second bid round of 2016

Egypt is slowly opening up its southern regions to oil and gas exploration, launching its second international bid round of the year on Sunday.

2 August 2016
The Höegh Gallant is docked in Ain Sokhna as one of Egypt’s FSRUs. (Höegh)

International interest in Egyptian gas imports

Egypt has domestic and international bidders hoping to supply it with LNG despite an unclear pricing plan and a complex gas distribution system.

29 July 2016
A jetty at Egypt’s Idku LNG plant. The country is likely to ship few cargoes before 2020. (BG Group)

All quiet on Egypt’s LNG export front until after 2020

Egypt is confident it will restart LNG exports in the future, but until then domestic problems mean there will be little activity.

15 July 2016
Suez Cement’s El Minya cement plant. EGAS is talking to industrial users to manage gas use. (Suez Cement)

Egypt launches tender for third FSRU

Egypt is in the market for another FSRU as it seeks to bridge the supply-demand gap while it waits for new fields to come onstream.

29 June 2016
An Apache well in Egypt’s Western Desert. Shell has joined the company there to explore for tight gas. (Apache)

Shell and Apache push for Egyptian tight gas

The Apollonia field in Egypt’s Western Desert could spell a tight gas bonanza for Apache and Shell, but the price could be a problem.

16 June 2016
A currency exchange office in Cairo. The country is facing a severe lack of US dollars. (PA)

Egypt’s dollar squeeze may force Dana to cut spend

Egypt has been slow to pay IOCs for gas because of a shortage of US dollars, causing Dana Gas to consider curtailing its Egyptian investment plans.

2 June 2016
A number of IOCs have taken part in Egyptian bidding rounds since Cairo introduced new terms in 2013. (Petroceltic)

IOCs prepare for Egypt’s first bidding round of 2016

Egypt has released the licensing documents for its upcoming bidding round – which it postponed from January in the hope that oil prices would pick up.

19 May 2016
The El-Minya cement plant in Egypt. Industrial users are waiting for a price cut to be passed through. (Suez Cement)

Zohr discovery made Egypt ditch third FSRU – source

The huge Zohr gas discovery has prompted Egypt to drop plans for a third FSRU, but industrial gas users are still unhappy with the government.

5 May 2016
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu (left) with Noble Energy CEO Charles Davidson. (Office of Israeli Prime Minister)

Israel talks could boost competition in gas sector

Israel is looking for a way to get a wider range of international companies involved in its Leviathan gas development.

21 April 2016

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