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Le secteur industriel égyptien menacé par le manque de ressources énergétiques

Le secteur industriel égyptien menacé par le manque de ressources énergétiques | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By MONA DIAA and MEDHAT ADEL

CAIRO: Citadel Capital warned for the possibility of halting the industrial sector in Egypt due to a shortage in energy, the representative member of the company’s Energy Department stated during the ninth annual conference on restructuring institutions held by the Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC) on Sunday.

Citadel Capital representative Mohamed Shoeb called on attendees to prepare a crisis-management plan for energy production until 2020 before the next upcoming elections, due in a couple of months.

According to Shoeb, solar energy must be utilized at least by 20 percent, especially in residential areas where it would contribute to energy saving by 25 percent over the next five years.

Shoeb added that the government monopolized energy so far with subsidized prices, but that it cannot face the challenge without the contribution of the public sector, in which there is not much competitiveness, adding that energy resources are crucial for economic growth.

Shoeb also reminded that current energy production rates are in decline to less than 5,00 square feet of gas produced on a daily basis. Oil companies are more focused on petroleum imports, which only result in an accumulation of debt to foreign companies and a lack of new investments, Shoeb said, pointing out that if it was not for Gulf support, Egypt would have suffered a severe oil crisis.

Citadel Capital is one if the leading investment companies in the Middle East and Africa, mainly in energy, transportation, agrifoods, mining, and cement.

Originally published in Youm7.

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Un sommet des énergies nouvelles et renouvelables

Un sommet des énergies nouvelles et renouvelables | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Minister of Energy and Electricity Ahmed Imam and Minister of Petroleum Sherif Ismail inaugurated the Future Investment Opportunities in the New and Renewable Energy summit on Monday. The two-day event will tackle Egypt’s energy challenges and discuss new possible opportunities for uses of renewable energy resources.

“The strategy of the ministry seeks to meet the demands of Egyptians and diversify energy resources,” Imam said, adding that the government has a plan to produce 20% of the country’s energy through new and renewable energy by 2020.

Around 12% of the electricity will be generated using wind energy while the remaining 8% will be produced through “other renewable energy sources,” he said. The government’s strategy aims to produce 2,000 megawatts of electricity by 2017.

- See more at: http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/02/17/ministers-petroleum-energy-electricity-inaugurate-energy-summit/#sthash.AcbPcmH1.dpuf

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Des projets de centrales photovoltaïques et éoliennes en Egypte

Des projets de centrales photovoltaïques et éoliennes en Egypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Neoen, un développeur et producteur français d'énergies renouvelables, vient de s'associer avec TAQA Arabia, la plus importante société privée égyptienne dans le secteur de l'énergie, pour former un consortium.

Complémentaires, les 2 entreprises ont signé à Paris un accord de coopération renforçant leur volonté de travailler sur des projets d'énergies renouvelables en Egypte et de répondre ainsi à la demande énergétique domestique croissante. 

Dans ce cadre, les deux partenaires développeront conjointement des projets solaires ou éoliens. Ils sont ainsi candidats ensemble à l'appel d'offre photovoltaïque de Kom Ombo, en Haute Egypte, dans lequel le gouvernement égyptien mettra en concession la construction et l'exploitation de dix centrales solaires de 20 MW pour un investissement total d'environ 300 millions d'euros. Ce premier projet commun permettra de soutenir la production d'électricité en Egypte et de répondre à la demande engendrée par la forte croissance démographique du pays, qui compte plus de 85 millions d'habitants. Par ailleurs, Neoen et TAQA Arabia souhaitent étudier les besoins des industries énergivores et identifier ensemble d'autres opportunités hors d'Egypte.

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Egypt: Hydroelectric Plants to Be Operated in Full Capacity

The electricity and energy sector has turned to operating hydroelectric plants in their full capacity in cooperation with the Water Resources and Irrigation Ministry that make up 11% of the total energy.

The step is aimed to fill the gap resulting from decline of the power plants production and to avoid recurrent outages which the country witness now.

Minister of Electricity and Energy Ahmed Imam said that works currently done at the High Dam plant does not affect the country's full usage of all irrigation water.

Imam added that all water plants work at a high efficiency and that works of replacement are done to ensure high control and speed regulators, with costs worth €20 million via the German Development Bank.

 

Egypt State Information Service, via All Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/201303251868.html

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Egypte: Mohammed Morsi plaide pour les IDE indiens dans le secteur de l’énergie - Ecofin

Egypte: Mohammed Morsi plaide pour les IDE indiens dans le secteur de l’énergie - Ecofin | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le président égyptien Mohammed Morsi a annoncé l’ouverture du secteur de l’énergie aux investissements directs indiens dans la perspective de doubler, dans les prochaines années, le niveau actuel de 5,4 milliards de dollars d’échanges entre les deux pays, a rapporté mercredi Thehindubusinessline.com.

« J’aimerais inviter les sociétés indiennes, les hommes d’affaires et les investisseurs à profiter des opportunités qu’offre l’Egypte, et aussi rassurer que nous accorderons toutes les facilités nécessaires et créerons le climat le plus incitatif et propice pour les investissements et les affaires», a déclaré le président égyptien.

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Hefty fuel price rise for Egypt industries

Hefty fuel price rise for Egypt industries | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's government announced new fuel prices for many sectors of the economy on Tuesday which industry sources said were 50 percent higher than previous levels, triggering protests by factory owners affected by the increase.

 

Several hundred people employed in the brick manufacturing industry - one of the sectors affected - blocked roads inCairoand Minya, south of the capital, to protest at the price rises, a security source said.

 

With the economy in crisis, the Egyptian government is under pressure to rein in a deficit enlarged by energy subsidies that account for a fifth of the budget. The government must curb the subsidies to secure a vital $4.8 billion International Monetary Fund loan, economists say.

 

In the official gazette the government said the price of fuel oil, which is widely used in energy-intensive local industries, would be 1,500 Egyptian pounds ($220) per tonne.

 

This would apply for all industries other than bakeries, electricity producers and food manufacturers to be named by the ministry of industry.

 

Tuesday's government announcement gave no comparative figure or say when the new prices would come into effect, but industry sources said they had been raised from 1,000 pounds previously.

 

Prices of locally-produced natural gas, fuel oil and diesel for manufacturers of cement and bricks were also raised by 50 percent, the industry sources said.

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Why energy investors should not give up on Egypt

Why energy investors should not give up on Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Egypt may be a hydrocarbon importer struggling to meet its domestic energy demand, Alic writes, but in terms of oil, Egypt is believed to have significant untapped potential.

 

Egypt is not only hungry for energy—it’s starving, and this starvation will play a role in the underlying revolutionary instability that has foreign investors asking whether the other boot is about to drop and should they quit the country.

Most immediately, Egypt is hoping to buy 968,000 tons of diesel fuel for April-June delivery to stave off a worse energy crisis amid country-wide protests that threaten the Muslim Brotherhood’s hold on power ahead of April parliamentary elections.

The past four weeks have been very rough—against the backdrop of political unrest, tensions simmer as a result of fuel shortages that have people lining up for hours outside gas stations.

 

More : http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2013/0207/Why-energy-investors-should-not-give-up-on-Egypt


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Egypt aims to cut energy subsidy bill by 50% | Energy, Oil and Gas

Egypt aims to cut energy subsidy bill by 50% | Energy, Oil and Gas | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's has unveiled a plan to reduce by 50% the country's energy subsidy bill over the next five years, Mena has reported. The government has spent EGP55bn ($8.1bn) in the first half of the current fiscal year 2012/13 on the energy subsidy bill, and it is expected that the full-year bill will amount to EGP110bn ($16.3bn), said petroleum minister, Osama Kamal. The government has cut energy subsidies in the 2012/2013 budget to EGP70bn ($10.4bn).

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Le ministère de l’Energie opte pour le nucléaire

Le ministère de l’Energie opte pour le nucléaire | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Le nouveau ministre de l’Electricité et de l’Energie, Dr Ahmed Imam, a affirmé que son ministère poursuivait les procédures de mise en place du programme national de production de l’électricité à partir de l’énergie nucléaire.

Programme considéré, selon le ministre, comme option indispensable pour l’Egypte vu la crise actuelle en énergie électrique. Crise suscitée par une demande grandissante en électricité accompagnée par un déficit dans la production malgré le recours à des ressources traditionnelles comme le charbon.

(Le Progrès égyptien)

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Le bourbier de l'énergie en Egypte pourrait couler Al-Sissi

Egypt's army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, won vast popularity by crushing the Muslim Brotherhood, but even a man seen by his followers as invincible may be unable to fix the mess in the politically sensitive energy sector.

Sisi, who toppled Islamist leader Mohamed Mursi in July and promised to bring calm to Egypt, is expected soon to stage a triumphal run for the presidency in elections due within months.

His first big challenge is likely to be power cuts and fuel shortages - the same issues that plagued Mursi and helped spur mass protests that enabled the army to oust him.

"Sisi is still very popular, but he realizes that Egyptians can go to Tahrir Square tomorrow if his administration is seen as not being as efficient as promised," said Justin Dargin, a Middle East energy expert at the University of Oxford.

Cairo's Tahrir was the hub of protests that ended three decades of one-man rule by President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

To many Egyptians, Sisi is all-powerful, but industry experts, foreign oil and gas companies and Western diplomats doubt he can take bold steps to tackle Egypt's energy nightmare.

Successive governments have failed to develop a sound strategy to tap major natural gas reserves even as an exploding population boosted demand for the fuel.

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Neoen et TAQA Arabia s'associent

Neoen et TAQA Arabia s'associent | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Spécialisé dans le développement des énergies renouvelables en France, Neoen s'est associé avec TAQA Arabia, l'entreprise égyptienne de distribution d'énergie. 

Neoen réalise une partie de ses activités en investissant et exploitant des infrastructures d'énergie, dans la transmission et la distribution de gaz et la production d'électricité. Le groupe opère en Jordanie et en Libye. 

Présent au Portugal, Neoen est une SAS d'un capital de plus de 68 M€. Jacques Veyrat détient 64,5% du capital du groupe à travers le société française Impala . 

Ce nouveau consortium permettra aux deux partenaires "de travailler sur des projets d'énergies renouvelables en Egypte", souligne le communiqué de presse. Le communiqué évoque notamment le projet de construction d'une centrale électrique solaire à Kom Ombo (200 MW pour un coût d'environ 295 M€) en Haute Égypte. Les deux groupes entendent également collaborer sur des opérations "en dehors de l’Égypte". 


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Egypte: le manque de fonds provoque la multiplication des pannes de courant

Les coupures de courant à répétition qui affectent actuellement l'Egypte sont dues à un manque de fonds pour acheter des hydrocarbures pour le fonctionnement des centrales électriques, a admis jeudi le ministère du Pétrole.
La principale raison derrière ces coupures est essentiellement l'incapacité du secteur de l'électricité à se procurer les liquidités financières nécessaires pour obtenir le combustible pour certaines centrales électriques, a indiqué une source au sein du ministère à l'agence officielle Mena.
Le ministère du Pétrole a informé à plusieurs reprises les responsables de l'électricité de ce problème, ajoute cette source, qui indique que des bateaux transportant du carburant se trouvent dans les ports égyptiens depuis plus de trois semaines, mais ne peuvent livrer leur cargaison faute de paiement.
L'Egypte est en proie à une grave crise économique, qui se traduit notamment par la fonte de ses réserves de devises, actuellement de 13,5 milliards de dollars contre 36 milliards avant la chute du régime de Hosni Moubarak en février 2011.
Le pays est également en proie à une aggravation de son déficit budgétaire, actuellement à 10,9% du PIB, due notamment au maintien d'importantes subventions publiques pour les carburants.


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Energy subsidies to be lifted in three years: Hatem Saleh

Energy subsidies to be lifted in three years: Hatem Saleh | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Energy subsidies will be gradually lifted in the coming three years, raising the price of energy except for factories that have a social dimension, said Hatem Saleh the minister of industry and foreign trade.

“The state bears a heavy bill in supporting the energy sector,” Saleh pointed out, on the sidelines of the Ministry of Finance’s 2nd Annual Public Private Partnership (PPP) Investment Summit, Sunday. “And it is seeking to restructure it through multiple agreements with different economic sectors in order to put forward a plan aiming to reach a fair price for energy.”

He added that the Ministry of Industry currently has 11 licences for cement plants ready to be offered, but which have so far been stalled due to lack of energy supplies, highlighting the ministry’s reticence to offer licences for energy-intensive factories in the light of energy scarcity

 

Mohamed Salah | Daily news Egypt

More : http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/03/24/energy-subsidies-to-be-lifted-in-three-years-hatem-saleh/

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Energy subsidies will disappear by 2016, says minister

Energy subsidies will disappear by 2016, says minister | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade Hatem Saleh said Tuesday that energy subsidies for industrial firms would disappear over the next three years.

“There are 100 intensive-energy consuming factories that use 70 percent of the subsidies, while 95 percent of the industrial output comes from low-energy consuming factories,” he explained. “We will focus on labor-intensive industries.”

Speaking at an Egyptian-Swiss Businessmen Association symposium, Saleh also said electricity-saving technology and initiatives will become more common, promoting the use of energy-saving light bulbs manufactured locally.

He also said negotiations are underway with the finance minister to increase the budget of the Export Development Fund to boost economic drivers. “And we will form another fund to support tourism beginning of the new fiscal year,” he said.

He added that the government is keen on removing obstacles to investors and manufacturers. “We have allocated 5.4 million square meters for industrial projects,” he said.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt independent)

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Egypt Is Ravenous for Energy

Egypt Is Ravenous for Energy | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt is not only hungry for energy — it's starving, and this will play a role in the instability that has foreign investors asking whether they should quit the country before the other boot drops.

Most immediately, Egypt is hoping to buy 968,000 tons of diesel fuel for April-June delivery to stave off a worse energy crisis amid country-wide protests that threaten the Muslim Brotherhood's hold on power ahead of April parliamentary elections.

The past four weeks have been very rough — against the backdrop of political unrest, tensions simmer as fuel shortages have people lining up for hours outside gas stations.

An acute diesel shortage is hurting public transportation, contributing to rising in food prices, particularly for agricultural products.

The government is in a quandary over fuel subsidies and hasn't yet decided on its next move. There are a number of proposals out there. One is to reduce oil subsidies by 10 percent over the next five years — if the government lasts that long. The trade-off is a promise to increase salaries by the same amount. Officials are also toying with the idea of rationing subsidized fuel, or buying more partially subsidized fuel instead of reducing subsidies. Another idea is to hand out cash subsidies to replace in-kind subsidies.

 

More on: http://www.cnbc.com/id/100449924

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Damietta Liquefied Natural Gas plant idled as Egypt keeps its gas at home

Damietta Liquefied Natural Gas plant idled as Egypt keeps its gas at home | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Damietta liquefied natural gas facility in Egyptis not operating due to a lack of feed gas as the country diverts export supplies to its domestic market, operator Union Fenosa Gas (UFG) said on Thursday

UFG, a stakeholder company shared equally between Gas Natural of Spain and Eni SpA of Italy, said the plant was idle because Egypt was restricting supplies.

"We expect the plant to come back on stream ... but it depends on the Egyptian authorities to resume the supply to Damietta," the company said on Thursday.

One analyst said the plant was unlikely to restart this year.

"The deficit of gas means restoration of Damietta LNG production in 2013 is unlikely in our view," Arctic Securities LNG analyst Erik Stavseth said.

Egypt has two LNG plants, Damietta and Idku, for converting gas into liquid so it can be exported by ship, and a gas export pipeline.

 

More on :http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/07/gas-natural-egypt-idUSL5N0B7HKW20130207?rpc=401&feedType=RSS&feedName=rbssEnergyNews&rpc=401

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Egypt to expand use of renewable energy

Egypt to expand use of renewable energy | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Egypt's Ministry of Electricity issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the government began preparing a long-term plan to expand the use of renewable energy.

"The government is currently preparing a comprehensive study of a renewable energy plan until 2050," the statement said, adding that this study is supported by the European Commission and the German Bank for Development.

The government said in September that is aims at raising the contribution of renewable energy sources such as the wind power production to 20 percent by 2020.

Egypt has witnessed an energy crisis which caused frequent interruptions of electrical current during the summer.

The clean energy plan will include wind and solar energy in the first phase and the rest of the renewable energy sources in the second phase.

The government plans to expand the use of renewable energy in the private sector as well. It had announced some regulations that encourage investment in the sources of renewable energy.

The energy company said on Monday that it began operating the first power station that belongs to the private sector in South Sinai, Egypt.

The Ministry intends to implement a number of renewable energy projects in the coming years. (Aswat Masriya)

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La Banque Mondiale avance un crédit de 55 millions d’USD à la compagnie égyptienne Gasco

La Banque Mondiale avance un crédit de 55 millions d’USD à la compagnie égyptienne Gasco | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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La Banque Mondiale a accepté d’accorder à la compagnie gazière égyptienne Gasco un crédit de 55 millions d’USD pour le financement du premier gazoduc de 1500 mégawatts et qui doit acheminer le gaz naturel vers la centrale de la génération de l’électricité du nord du Guizèh. 

Le PDG de Gasco Ashraf Zaki a déclaré que la BM avait accepté le crédit la semaine dernière après des négociations intensives menées au Caire. 

Il a ajouté que ce crédit serait consacré à l’achat des équipements nécessaires pour la création du gazoduc. (Al-Doustour, via Bonjour Egypte)

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