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Jordan reimports natural gas from Egypt by 2019

Wednesday 08/August/2018 - 03:18 PM
Sada El Balad
Ahmad El-Assasy
The Jordanian authorities have decided to reimport natural gas from Egypt again، early next year 2019، according to Jordanian Energy and Mineral Resources Minister، Hala Zawati.

In a press statement published by the Jordanian newspaper Al-Watan on Wednesday، Zawati said that Amman will work with Cairo to amend the agreement of selling and purchasing natural gas between the two countries. Due to this agreement، Jordan will import 10 % of the gas generation needs from Egypt early next year.

Jordan needs natural gas are valued at 330 million cubic feet per day، which is used to generate electricity.

Zawati will visit Egypt Thursday and will meet Petroleum Minister Tarek El Mulla. They will sign the amendments during their meeting. They will also discuss areas of cooperation between the two sides based on new discoveries of natural gas in the Mediterranean، especially Zohr field.

During her visit، she will meet Electricity and Renewable Energy Minister Dr. Mohamed Shaker to discuss aspects of joint cooperation in electricity and ways to strengthen the electricity link between the two countries.

Jordan has imported 250 million cubic feet of gas a day from Egypt since 2004. The quantities have been reduced since the end of 2009 and stopped in 2011 following the explosion of the Arab gas line، which starts from the south of El Arish in Northern Sinai.

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