Egypt Independent: Environment-Main news en Cement plants to start using coal September 2014 <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The cabinet has directed the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment to study the use of coal in cement plants, expecting that by September 2014, cement plants in Egypt will start using coal after meeting all necessary environmental criteria, which will be announced by the Ministry of Environment in 15 days, says the minister of trade, industry, and investment.<br /><br />Energy shortages are responsible for recent lower rates of cement production, causing a wave of higher prices for cement, the cabinet said Monday in an official statement.<br /><br />In January, the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company reduced gas supply to cement facilities by 50 percent, which resulted in an equal percentage of decline in cement production, said Medhat Stephanos, head of the cement industry at the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FDI), in a meeting on Sunday with Interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb, Minister of Trade, Industry, and Investment Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, Minister of Energy and Electricity Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Petroleum Sherif Ismail, Minister of Environmental Affairs Leila Iskander, and Omar Mehana, a board member at FDI.<br /><br />During the meeting, Mehleb stressed the necessity of lowering the heightened price of cement due to its impact on the cost of implementing projects in the construction sector.<br /><br />According to the statement, the attendees discussed possible means of addressing the energy challenges, pointing out the need to diversify energy sources and expand the usage of new and renewable energy.<br /><br />The ministry also stated that the use of coal as a source of energy is currently under study. Cement companies have also promised to increase production to maximum capacities or increase the market&rsquo;s supply and reduce prices, according to the statement.<br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:07:00 +0000 Ibrahim Alsahary 2434875 at sites/default/files/photo/2012/09/03/80371/22.jpg Egypt participates in regional environmental conservation meeting <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A senior Egyptian delegation is participating in the sixteenth meeting of the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 26 to 28 February.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The meeting will discuss projects of biodiversity, the prevention of marine pollution and environmental disasters, climate change and environmental awareness.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The meeting is launching a project for the strategic management of the ecosystem in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in collaboration with the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility so as to achieve sustainable development of the marine environment in that region.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It is also reviewing protocols on regional biodiversity, natural reserves networks, the protection of marine environment from land-based activities, technical cooperation of experts, equipment and materials in emergency cases, and the management of fisheries and mariculture.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Amr al-Sammak, head of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, is heading the Egyptian delegation in the meeting.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The organization was formed in 1995 and has signed many protocols and memoranda of understanding with regional and international organizations in this field.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:22:00 +0000 Ibrahim Alsahary 2434604 at sites/default/files/photo/2012/12/20/54605/white_stork.jpg BG Group buys Nigerian LNG to replace lost Egyptian output <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>BG Group has bought six liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes from Italian utility Enel (MDD: ENEL.MDD - news) as it seeks to replace lost supplies from its Egyptian operations.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The British firm will take delivery of the cargoes from October, 2014 at Nigeria&#39;s Bonny Island liquefaction plant,where Enel (Milan: ENEL.MI - news) owns export capacity, according to trade sources.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Oil and gas firm BG Group warned last month that turmoil in Egypt would hit output this year and next, prompting it to issuea force majeure, sending its shares plunging.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Trade sources said the company paid 14-14.5 percent of theprice of oil for the makeup volumes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That works out to a per cargo LNG price of $15.70 permillion British thermal units, not including shipping costs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Global spot LNG prices are currently trading at $20.50 permmBtu.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>BG, which counts on Egypt for about one-fifth of its production, said the government there had not honoured agreements covering BG&#39;s share of gas from fields, with high levels of gas being diverted to the domestic market.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This had prevented BG from meeting export obligations for an Egyptian LNG project and as a result it had served so-called &quot;force majeure&quot; notices to affected buyers and lenders,effectively freeing all sides from contract terms due to circumstances beyond their control.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Last year Swiss-based Koch Supply &amp; Trading took delivery ofEnel&#39;s annually tendered Nigerian volumes.</div> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:20:00 +0000 Reuters 2434451 at sites/default/files/photo/2013/09/08/92/gas.jpg Environment Ministry: Heeding eco-tourism to add LE30 billion to national income <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">An official report released Monday by the Ministry of Environment stressed that taking advantage of the Egyptian natural resources to promote tourism would contribute to the increase of national income with up to LE30 billion a year at least, and would provide 10,000 job opportunities through the establishment of innovative projects at nature reserves.</span></p><div>It added the projects would improve the living standards of more than one million people.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The vision of the Ministry of Environment according to the report is based on increasing the number of visitors to nature reserves so as to raise its revenues to US$10 billion annually.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>There are also many other domains such as agriculture, food industry, pharmaceutical industries, essential oils related industries, and fisheries, and mineral wealth that can provide job opportunities.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The report warned of the difficulty to continue relying solely on traditional tourism resources or foreign aid, while the world is heading to the science, technology and production.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The most important obstacles facing eco-tourism are the lack of government coordination, weak institutional capacity, the lack of appropriate laws, oversight and strategic assessment for tourism projects, the dominance of the private sector, and confusing the concepts and practices of ecotourism and traditional tourism.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The report said that it is no longer acceptable not to consider the environmental degradation and loss of natural resources as a primary concern like poverty, health and addressing climate change.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><i>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</i></div> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2433935 at sites/default/files/photo/2013/01/02/54605/s1.reutersmedia.net_.jpg