Gas ex­ports to Jor­dan in­crease to 100m cfd: Pe­tro­leum Min­istry

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Mo­hamed Adel

The Min­istry of Pe­tro­leum has started to in­crease the amount of gas ex­ported to Jor­dan to nearly reach 100m cu­bic feet per day (cfd) in or­der to pro­vide the needs of elec­tric­ity plans, com­pared to about 50m cf last year, and will grad­u­ally be in­creased to 250m cf daily over the up­com­ing sum­mer months.

An of­fi­cial at the min­istry of pe­tro­leum in­formed Daily News Egypt that Egypt re­sumed ex­port­ing nat­u­ral gas to Jor­dan since Septem­ber, thereby pro­vid­ing them with a part of the power plants’ needs.

He added that a new con­tract was signed with Jor­dan’s Min­istry of En­ergy to re­new the agree­ment to sup­ply amounts of nat­u­ral gas es­ti­mated to be 250m cfd. The ex­port ca­pac­ity of the Jor­dan gas line is es­ti­mated to be 1bn cfd.

The Egyp­tian gov­ern­ment signed an agree­ment with Jor­dan in 2004 with a du­ra­tion of 15 years to ex­port 250m cfd worth $2.5 per one mil­lion ther­mal units, ex­cept that the gov­ern­ment in­creased the prices of gas in April 2012, reach­ing $5 per one mil­lion ther­mal units.

Tarek El Molla, the min­is­ter of pe­tro­leum, looked into the sit­u­a­tion of the joint projects with his Jor­da­nian coun­ter­part Halah Zawaty.The source also pointed out that the min­istry com­pleted sign­ing the agree­ment with the Jor­da­nian side with a con­tract to sup­ply 250m cfd with prices dif­fer­ent from the ones in the past agree­ment.

He pointed out that Egypt re­sumed pump­ing gas to Jor­dan in Septem­ber through a pipe­line con­nect­ing Egypt and Jor­dan.

The agree­ment be­tween Egypt and Jor­dan stip­u­lates that 10% of the Jor­da­nian nat­u­ral gas re­quired to op­er­ate elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion plants will be im­ported from Egypt.

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