Egypt Debt to Foreign Oil Companies Hits $3.5b

Egypt Debt to Foreign Oil Companies Hits $3.5b

Egypt's debts to foreign oil companies stood at $3.5 billion at the end of June, a 6.1% increase from March, an official at the state-owned Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation said.

The country's payments to oil and gas companies have been delayed by economic instability since a popular uprising ousted leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

"Foreign oil company’s dues with Egypt have reached $3.5 billion," an EGPC official said, Trade Arabia reported. Egypt's Oil Ministry said in March that it aimed to fully repay its debts to energy companies by mid-2016, about a year later than previously indicated. In April a ministry spokesman said Egypt had paid foreign energy firms $9.369 billion in arrears in the nine months to March 31.

Arrears began to accumulate before the 2011 uprising but they swelled to billions of dollars amid worsening state finances while the government used gas earmarked for export to meet domestic demand.


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