The Ministry of Petroleum succeeds in developing a strategy to achieve sustainability and reduce emissions

The oil and gas industry in Egypt has succeeded in implementing several projects that have a positive impact on the environment, which have so far reduced emissions of about 1.347 thousand tons of carbon dioxide..

This is within the framework of improving the performance of petroleum activities in order to achieve the objectives of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources’ strategy since its launch in 2016 in implementing projects aimed at improving and preserving the environment and working to achieve sustainability, reduce emissions and costs and improve energy efficiency, in line with Egypt’s hosting of the Climate Summit (COP27).

A report received by Engineer Tariq El-Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, stated that these projects include thirteen projects related to the recovery of the (Zero Flare) gas in the companies (Qarun / Ajiba / Petrosilah / Assiut Petroleum Refining / Zetco / Petrosnan / Borg El Arab / Khaleda / Petroshahd / Petrobel) with a total of 40 million cubic feet of gas per day that is recovered and extracted from butane and paid to operate generators and furnaces instead of diesel, which achieves environmental returns represented in reducing emissions resulting from burning it with the flame, and economic returns through the savings resulting from the use of the recovered flare gas in operation instead of diesel .

The report added that 88 low-cost projects were implemented to improve energy efficiency in 31 companies that succeeded in reducing electricity consumption, reducing energy consumption, improving operating efficiency and controlling operating conditions with compressors, furnaces, boilers and steam systems, in addition to installing and operating solar energy cells in buildings and fields in 21 Company, with a capacity of 1,350 kilowatts.

It should be noted that within the framework of the presidential initiative (a decent life), the implementation of projects to deliver natural gas to the villages and hamlets most in need was launched in January 2021, and that the natural gas networks were implemented in these villages after completing the completion of the sewage networks in the villages that did not enter the gas. Implementation of the infrastructure of gas networks for about 1450 villages during the first phase, natural gas was connected to 118 villages, and the work of ground networks is being implemented to deliver gas to 515 other villages, in addition to the inclusion of 796 villages in the gas delivery plan after the implementation of the sewage connections there. The number of housing units to which natural gas has been connected through the initiative and the national project to deliver natural gas to homes is more than 13.5 million housing units so far.

Al-Mulla pointed out that the efforts of the state and the presidential mandates issued to motivate citizens to convert their vehicles to use natural gas as fuel, resulted in an increase in the demand for converting cars to work with natural gas, which resulted in converting 472,000 cars to work with compressed natural gas since the start of the activity until now, and doubling the supply stations with natural gas as fuel. In a year and a half for more than three times what it was.

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