The Sinai pipeline in El Arish, Egypt, was damaged in a bomb attack July 7, causing a disruption in the flow of gas to state-owned Egyptian Electricity Holding Company and forced it to switch to heavy oil for energy generation. The attack could also disrupt the flow of gas exports to Israel and Jordan, Gas to Power Journal reported.
Egypt's Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Malik Kabariti, said the pipeline blast will substantially impact EEHC's profit margins. The ministry is trying to determine how long repairs to the pipeline will take and how long the national electricity company will be affected.
In the interim, Egypt's large gas-fired power plants will use heavy fuel oil and diesel, Gas to Power Journal reported. The country uses natural gas as a main source for energy. However, Egypt has also faced rising energy demands, and it's common for blackouts and service interruptions to power to last up to 14 days a month, the source said.
Extremists militants are responsible for the bombing attack in North Sinai, Xinhua reported.