Major field start-ups have revived Egypt’s gas sector, vastly improving feedstock for petchems producers. But competition for the additional gas remains fierce.

Egypt’s gas supplies to petchems firms rebounded strongly last year as a string of field start-ups boosted output by over 1bn cfd, with Eni’s giant 24tcf Zohr field the most recent addition (MEES, 15 December 2017).

Canada’s Methanex, operator (50%) of the 1.26mn t/y EMethanex methanol plant at Damietta on...