Cairo in 2017 passed a law enabling the liberalization of Egypt’s gas transmission and distribution grid. Private firms would, for a fee, be able to make use of infrastructure that will remain under the ownership of state firm Gasco. With 18 firms recently awarded licenses, and supposedly-imminent gas imports from Israel resting on the new framework, MEES examines the state of play.

Egypt on 1 August 2017 passed legislation to enable use of the country’s 7,600km main gas grid by...