Of course propane is often lumped together with butane as LPG. But for Egypt, looking at LPG stats can be misleading given that the country is a major importer of butane (‘cooking gas’), whilst exporting propane. And of course LPG comes from two distinct sources: gas processing plants, where output is skewed towards lighter propane; and oil refineries, whose ‘LPG’ is mostly butane.

Whilst propane output is rising with that of gas, Egas butane output fell by 11.3% to...