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Location: Egypt
Region: Africa
Capital: Cairo
Monetary Unit: Egyptian pound
Refining Capacity: 726 kB/CD

General Location Information

Egypt is located in northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea north of Sudan, and the following countries: Israel, Libya, and Sudan. It also includes the Asian Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt is a significant oil producer as well as a rapidly growing natural gas producer. It is anticipated that by early 2005, Egypt will likely be an LNG exporter.

Egyptian oil comes from 4 main producing areas: the Gulf of Suez (which accounts for 60% of production), the Western Desert, the Eastern Desert, and the Sinai Peninsula.

The Suez canal, which Egypt controls, and the Sumed pipeline, which passes through Egypt makes this country an important transit corridor for the shipment of Persian Gulf oil.

Crude Startup Information

Grades Due to Startup within 2 Years

Grades Due to Startup within 2 Years
Operating Companies Identified
within Egypt
Crude Oil Supply and Disposition
Location Update Information

(Jun 2004) Egypt's first LNG gas plant at Damietta is expected to startup in Nov 2004. Construction began in Sept 2001 and now Union Fenosa of Spain and partner EGAS anticipate the first commercial cargo from the 5 mt/yr project to be available by Mar 2005. Feedstock capacity is 7.6 Bcm/yr of gas.

(Jan 2003) Approved in Oct 2002, the first LNG train (at Idku) of the Egyptian LNG project is expected to ship LNG in 3Q 2005. The installation of the second train of this project has received final authorization. Gas for the second train will come from the West Delta Deep Marine (WDDM) fields. Partners in this project include EGPC (12%), Edison International (38%), BG Group (38%) and the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (12%).

(Feb 2002) The first of four planned LNG projects in Egypt is expected on stream by Sep 2004. Spain's Union Fenosa plant will be built in Damietta, along the Mediterranean coast. Other proposals include LNG sites at Idku (BG, EGAS and Edison International) by 2005, West Damietta (Shell) and a second LNG project at Damietta (BP, Eni, EGPC) in mid-2005.

(Dec 2001) Currently, very large crude carriers (VLCC's) can not go through the Suez Canal and therefore have to partially unload cargoes into the Sumed pipeline to be "picked up" at Sidi Kerir. The Egyptian government intends to increase the capacity of the Suez Canal adding 10 ft to a maximum draft of 72 ft. This project is scheduled for completion by 2010.

(Oct 2001) Plans are underway to upgrade the Suez Canal to accommodate larger vessels to transit the canal. It is expected that the max draft will be increased to 66 ft within four years and to 72 ft by 2010. This will allow 350,000 deadweight ton tankers to use the canal. Currently, the larger vessels must offload part of their cargo to be transported through the Sumed pipeline at Ain Sukhna, while the vessel transits the canal lightly loaded. The vessel must then reload the crude oil at the northern terminal of the pipeline at Sidi Kerir.

(Jan 2001) In cooperation with Syria and Lebanon, Egypt plans to build a 500 mile gas pipeline to Turkey by bypassing Israel. Construction may take up to four years. Several gas projects are expected to startup in 2001 (e.g. Egypt's Rosetta and Syria's Deir Ez-Zur fields).

(Aug 2000) A proposal to enlarge the Suez Canal has been approved by the Egyptian government. The plan calls for the deepening of the canal to facilitate the movement of supertankers.


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