On Thursday, Sonatrach and Egas reached an agreement to supply Egypt with six shipments of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) between April and September 2015, the World Bulletin reported.

Algerian oil and gas company, Sonatrach, will sign the deal with Egyptian energy company, Egas in late December. Sherif ISignaturesmail, Egypt’s Petroleum Minister and Youcef Yousfi, Algerian Energy Minister reached the decision to partner on 4 December.

This follows the restructuring of Sonatrach’s management team earlier last month, a decision made to strengthen the country’s energy sector and export market.

Growing Energy Demand

Despite having the third largest gas reserves in Africa, Nigeria taking first place and Algeria second, Egypt is struggling to meet their growing energy demand. Having the biggest oil refinery capacity on the continent, Egypt’s refinery output has declined by 28% from 2009 to 2013, the World Bulletin reported.

With oil consumption growing by 3% annually over the last decade, Egypt has to include alternative energy resources into its total energy mix to continue to meet rising energy demands.

In 2014 Egypt signed a five year contract with Norway to supply an LNG regasification unit, a deal made following the country’s decision to import gas. The regasification plant is estimated to produce US$40 million per annum and should reach completion in March 2015.