Egypt Is Looking To Become A LNG Bunkering Hub

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  • LNG giant Shell is looking to further expand its global LNG bunkering network.
  • It has signed a deal with Egypt’s EGAS and other partners to provide bunkering services in Egypt.

Shell, EGAS ink Egypt LNG bunkering pact, reports LNG Prime.

Background

According to a statement by Egypt’s Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Shell, EGAS, Pyramid Navigation, Affinity, and Eagle Gas have signed a letter of purpose to collaborate in procuring ships with LNG fuel. Under this pact, the partners would establish a joint venture to deliver LNG bunkering services.

Egypt is looking to become an LNG bunkering hub and to supply LNG-powered ships transiting the Suez Canal.

Ahead of this year, Norway-based small-scale company, Kanfer Shipping signed a deal with Egypt’s EGAS to charter one LNG bunkering vessel to a new joint venture which strives to procure bunkering services in the Suez Canal.

More than 20,000 ships are traversing the Suez Canal per year. Also, Egypt has the Damietta LNG facility and the Shell-operated Egyptian LNG facilities, located at Idku.

About the announcement

The announcement said that the new coalition with Shell and partners provides a chance for EGAS to be a major supplier of LNG for ships transiting Egypt and neighbouring countries.

Shell has already developed a worldwide LNG bunkering network and has bunkering vessels in Singapore, Europe, and the US, with more on order.

In August, Shell and Israel’s shipping firm Zim signed an LNG bunkering deal worth more than $1 billion. Before that, the firm signed a bunkering deal with France’s CMA CGM.

Besides supplying ships, Shell is also building a large fleet of LNG-powered vessels.

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Source: LNG Prime

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