Yemeni gov't seeks to export NLG within months

Aden (Debriefer)
2019-05-12 | Since 1 Year

Yemeni Belhaf gas-exporting port, file

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The internationally-recognized government of Yemen looks forward to resuming the exportation of natural liquefied gas (NLG) within the six coming months, said Yemeni oil minister, after four-year break.

Discussions are currently held with gas partners on the re-functioning of NLG project and meeting security requirements to guard the facility, Minister Ous Abdullah al-Oud added to Aden-based Saba.

The French Total company runs the southeastern port of Belhaf for gas exporting, which has two production lines with maximum capacity of 6.7 million tons of NLG most of which is exported to Asia.

The exportation has been stalled following the war that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the government in September 2014, forcing all the foreign firms to leave the country.

On the tenth of last February, Minister Oud expected an increase in NLG production to 6.7 million tons in 2019 and that half of the total quantity would be exported.

"In 2020, we hope, all our production of NLG will be exported, for our clients in Asia in particular," he added, noting that Total, the US-based Hunt Oil and Korean companies run the NLG project.

The oil and gas sector is the most important revenue source for the government in Yemen, one of the poorest Arab countries and a little oil producer; oil production had already dropped before war from 500,000 to 200,000 barrels a day.

In 2018, Yemen produced, in average, some 50,000 barrels per day, compared to some 127,000 in 2014, and exported some.

The southern port city of Aden and other governorates hosting oil and gas fields are currently held by President Hadi government, while Sana'a and Ras Isa oil port are under the control of the Iranian-backed Houthi group.

Hadi oil ministry is seeking to implement a number of projects to develop oil sector in Aden and other governorates under official government control, oil minister stated on Saturday.

These projects aim at finalizing the pipeline erection from 'Janat Hunt' sector to 'Gharb Aiad' sector, which is run by 'Janat Hunt' firm for oil-gas production and exportation in the southeastern governorate of Shabwa, Oud added.

The oil-gas governorate of Shabwa hosts the Yemeni NLG Company's project, the largest industrial project in the country, on the Arabian Sea.

Yemen is facing unprecedented economic pressures and difficulties, after the Houthis had taken the capital Sana'a and oil exportation had stopped.

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