A press release to Egypt Oil&Gas stated that Egypt discharged the first butane cargo docking at the Middle East Oil Tankage & Pipelines Company (MIDTAP) in Deikheila Port. The shipment contained 12,000t, and was transported to Petrogas’ storage units in Wadi El Qamar Area in Alexandria via the newly constructed 14km pipeline, thus linking it Midor’s pipelines.
Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El Molla, stated that this cargo, together with the establishment of the pipeline came under the ministry’s strategy to secure butane for citizens through increasing the volume of butane imports in preparation for shipping disruption due to unfavorable winter weather conditions. Accordingly, the ministry had also increased and diversified storage capacities in Alexandria, Ain Sokhna and Upper Egypt. Additionally, Egypt has executed a number of refining projects in Alexandria, Assuit, and Suez areas to boost local production of butane.
MIDTAP’s CEO, Khaled Abel Badie, stated that the dock is ready to receive tankers with the capacities reaching 25,000t to 30,000t, and has a discharge rate up to 350t per hour. The addition of the MIDTAP dock to Deikheila port has enabled Egypt to receive butane cargos at four ports including Alexandria, Suez, and Wadi Firan.