Egypt: EGAS dues from National Cement plant hit US$131m


Updated Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:20:12 GMT

According to the Middle East North Africa Financial Network, Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company's (EGAS) dues from the government-owned National Cement plant have hit US$131m. EGAS has demanded that its money be paid back, but it remains undecided when it will receive the dues.

"The total dues from the industrial sector are now more than US$1.57bn, for its natural gas consumption and the delay in paying monthly bills," said EGAS chairman Khaled Abdel Badie in a statement to Daily News Egypt. EGAS dues from public sector plants amount to 75% of the total debt, because they are not committed to paying the monthly consumption bills, the chairman added.

According to Abdel Badie, EGAS will not be able to cut its gas supply from the National Cement plant because the plant is government-owned and is linked to a gas line that comes directly from the field. Abdel Badie said that dues are continuously rising and that EGAS gave the industrial plants a debt re-scheduling, but only a limited number of private-sector plants took part. New committees were also formed to resolve financial obstacles between public entities, however, nothing has been resolved yet.