Eng./ Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources stated:
An advanced digital system to follow up GASTEC CNG stations
Presidential support gave an important impetus to the project of using CNG as fuel.
The rebound in the use of CNG as a fuel for vehicles resulted from economic reform and the correction of liquid fuel prices.
Eng./ Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, opened the remote monitoring and control system (SCADA System) for the CNG fueling stations affiliated to GASTEC company.
Eng. Tarek El Molla explained that the new system comes within the framework of the strategy of developing and modernizing the petroleum sector, which aims at expand the applications of digital transformation in the management of activities, which contributes to raising the efficiency of vehicles CNG stations, which has become serving a large segment of vehicles users.
The Minister listened to an explanation from Eng. Abdel-Fattah Farhat, GASTEC Chairman, about the Company’s new system, which aims at automate the operations and connect the stations with an advanced digital system through which it is possible to follow up, control and collect data in an instant from the stations that provide the service and to determine the gas sales and the operational and technical status of the station, in addition to periodic maintenance programs in a way that helps speed up the implementation of tasks and continuously improve the efficiency of stations in serving customers, while developing a system for the highest levels of information security, pointing out that the Company continues to develop various electronic systems and means for payments to CNG vehicles users to facilitate customers and reduce paperwork, including cards and wallets.
After the opening, El Molla attended the Company’s General Assembly Meeting to approve the business results for the year 2021, and El Molla praised the achieved results, which witnessed great growth in light of the current expansion in the use of CNG as a fuel for cars and vehicles countrywide. Which has become a national project implemented by the Ministry of Petroleum, achieving a rapid leap in usage rates, converting vehicles, and establishing CNG stations.
Positive in implementing the plan, and directed Al-Mulla with the importance of increasing the company's capital to keep pace with the unforeseen and continuous expansion of its activity.
Engineer Abdel Fattah Farhat, President of Gastec, explained that in 2021 it was able to establish and operate 164 new stations in just one year, which represents an unprecedented record rate that exceeds the number of stations set up by the company since its establishment in 1996, bringing the total number of the company’s stations to 317 stations, adding that this It represents the highest prevalence of natural gas supply stations for cars at the level of the Republic among the companies operating in the activity, and sales of natural gas as fuel from Gastec stations increased to 406 million cubic meters, 47% of the total local market, and it converted about 32,000 cars to work with gas in Sadara. The largest executing companies for conversion operations, inaugurated 7 new conversion centers, and inaugurated 5 integrated stations in partnership with the Italian company Eni for the sale of natural gas and all kinds of gasoline.
It also used a mobile power station for the first time in Egypt and the Middle East, in areas far from the national network for natural gas or in areas with heavy demand.
The work of the General Assembly was attended by Dr. Magdy Galal, President of the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) and his deputy for planning and natural gas delivery projects, Eng. Ahmed Mahmoud