Establishing natural gas infrastructure
- National Gas Grid
Because of the growing need for natural gas, till June 2009 the national gas grid was expanded to reach a length of 17056 Km of high, medium and low pressure pipelines including internal and external connections & distribution facilities to residential and industrial consumers.
Several projects were kicked off to expand the national gas grid and to supply natural gas for the first time to cities and governorates such as:
- Taba /Sharm El Sheikh pipeline 220 Km, 20"
- Shukeir /Hurghada pipeline 126 Km, 24"
- Port-Fouad /El-Tina Pipeline Loop 42 km, 42"
- Upper Egypt Pipeline Project "Multiple Phases" – completed Nov. 2009
- Phase 1 : Dahshour – Koraimat 90 km, 36"
- Phase 2 : Koraimat- Bani Sweif 28 km, 30"
- Phase 3 : Bani Suief - El-Minia "Abu Qurqas150 km, 32"
- Phase 4 : El-Minia "Abu Qurqas" /Assiut 150 km, 32"
- Phase-5 : Assiut / Gerga 122 km, 32"
- Phase-6 : Gerga /Qena /Aswan 390 km, 30"
- Dahshour Compression Station 70 Mega watt, 40 SCMD (Under Construction)
- Till March national gas grid was expanded to reach a length of about 17752 Km
The grid capacity reached 175 MMSCM/D (March 2010) and is operated through the main control center (NATA).
NATA is linked with four branches in Alexandria, Suez, Central Delta and Mokattam, where gas produced from production fields is continuously controlled according consumer requirements.
Information is transferred through fiber optic cables and microwave to guarantee a smooth operation of grid throughout 24 hours, and allow for immediate intervention and troubleshooting in cases of emergency.
- Gas treatment facilities
Several gas gathering and treatment facilities were built, taking into account analysis of gas and prevailing conditions.
Such facilities are currently processing associated gas and free gas to recover butane, propane and ethane.