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Thursday, 19 September 2019

Jordan imports of Egyptian natural gas restored after temporary halt

Jordan goes back to importing Egyptian natural gas after temporary halt: Egypt Gas has signed a one-year, USD 3.9 mn contract with the Jordanian–Egyptian Fajr for Natural Gas Transport and Supply Company to supply natural gas to Jordan Phosphate Mines, the company said in a statement (pdf). Jordan had stopped importing gas from Egypt in July due to low demand from its electricity producers. The kingdom had before then been reportedly importing only 75 mcf/d from Egypt.

Background: Jordan went back to importing 10% of its gas needs from Egypt in September last year, after a seven-year hiatus, as part of an agreement initially signed in 2014, but delayed due to Egypt’s inability to make available the agreed amount. Egypt supplied Jordan with 250 mcf/d of natural gas between 2004 and 2009, but imports completely stopped in 2011 due to attacks on the pipeline that linked the two countries.

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