Egypt consumes dirtier fuel in order to export more gas to Europe

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In order to compensate for gas supplies to Europe, the COP27 Host has begun utilizing a hazardous heavy fuel oil in power plants

A highly polluting form of heavy oil known as mazut is being used in over 20 power plants across Egypt. This, according to a report from Climate Home News, is being done in order to free up the supply of gas for export to Europe. 

According to the report, which was published on Tuesday, November 15, a deal signed by the country with the EU and Israel in June was meant to boost the sale of LPG. Following the deal, which was meant to replace Russian energy imports, the Egyptian government had announcement that they would ration their gas supplied. The announcement also stated that alternative fuels will be used for the country´s energy needs. 

This revelation about the country´s increase in the use of mazut was made by a whistle blower from the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, according to the report. The official data, mentioned in the report, also shows the significant rise of mazut consumption in the country´s power plants. According to the data the percentage of mazut consumption increase from 3.67% in 2021 to over 20.95% in 2022, during the same month.  

Mazut is a heavy blead of hydrocarbons that contain sulfides and heavy metals. According to the statement by the whistleblower in the report, prior to this deal, Egypt was planning on phasing out this harmful fuel for its impact on health.

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