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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Egypt to pump full gas supplies to Jordan by mid-December

Egypt to pump full gas supplies to Jordan by mid-December
Egypt Independent Sun, 18/11/2012 - 21:04
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-pump-full-gas-supplies-jordan-mid-december

Egypt will pump the full amount of natural gas to Jordan as specified in a
previous agreement by mid-December, according to Egypt’s petroleum minister.

On Sunday, Petroleum Minister Osama Kamal said now that demand for gas from
Egypt’s electricity sector has declined, the government will be able to
resume pumping to Jordan in full. The kingdom is currently experiencing mass
upheavals following a government decision to cancel petroleum subsidies.

Egypt currently pumps only 70 million cubic feet of gas per day to Jordan,
less than a third of the 240 million cubic feet per day specified in a 2004
agreement. Kamal explained that Egypt had to reduce its flow to Jordan as it
prioritizes gas distribution to its local market.

The supply between Egypt and Jordan has been interrupted 15 times since 5
February 2011, as Sinai militants have repeatedly attacked the pipeline. The
constant disruption forced Jordan to turn to diesel to meet its energy
needs.

Egypt produces six billion cubic feet of natural gas a day, of which 55
percent goes to the electricity sector, 20 percent is exported, 13 percent
goes to industries and less than 3 percent goes to households.

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