Last Night’s Talk Shows on 10 January 2021
The talk shows were awash with natgas and covid news last night:
El Molla talks natgas: Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi phoned Oil Minister Tarek El Molla to discuss the natgas transition plan and updates on the Damietta LNG plant (watch, runtime: 15:24):
- The natgas transition plan: The government is planning to convert some 250k cars to run on natural gas by 2023 under its strategy to lessen the nation’s reliance on gasoline. After converting around 42k cars last year, a further 70k are targeted over the next 12 months, and 90k in both 2022 and 2023, the minister said.
- It’s in the consumer’s interest to convert: El Molla pointed out that the price of a cubic meter of gas is about EGP 3.5, cheaper than the EGP 6.25-8.50 people pay for a liter of gasoline.
- The Damietta LNG plant will reopen in February, El Molla said. A long-waited agreement between plant operators Eni, Naturgy and the Egyptian government was finally sealed in November, paving the way for the facility to reopen in 1Q2021 following almost nine years of closure.
On the covid front: Lamees covered the efforts to beef up oxygen stocks after last week’s incident in Sharqia (watch, runtime: 1:47) and talked to Health Ministry advisor Aissam Saleh about the imminent launch of the website allowing people to register for a covid vaccine (watch, runtime: 20:26). Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary rang up Higher Education Ministry covid committee member Adel Khattab, whp condemned social media posts that have spread disinformation about prescriptions that treat the virus (watch, runtime: 10:40).