Jordan intends to reduce dependence on Egyptian gas supplies
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 10 / Trend A.Taghiyeva /
Jordan intends to decrease independence of the country's economy on supplies of the Egyptian gas, Jordanian MP Mustafa Fayad told Trend on Friday.
According to official data, losses of Jordan from short delivery of the Egyptian gas amount to $1 billion annually, however, in fact the losses can be much more, Mr Fayad said.
"Gas supplies are frequently suspended due to explosions at the gas pipeline. These short deliveries significantly affect the country's economy," the MP said.
This week Egypt again ceased gas supplies to Jordan and Israel because of diversion at the gas pipeline via which gas goes to Israel and Jordan.
In 2011 Egyptian part of the Pan-Arab gas pipeline repeatedly became subject of terrorist acts. In Feb, 2011 the explosion hit the gas pipeline's section near El-Arish. Gas supplies to Israel and Jordan were suspended for more than month and were resumed only on March, 16.
Mr Fayad said the Jordanian side has repeatedly demanded from Egypt that it ensures safety of the gas pipeline. Despite this, the situation is not going to change.
Jordan seeks alternative sources of gas supplies to reduce dependence on the Egyptian gas. In particular, the country considers import of liquefied gas from Qatar, the MP said.
The country also intends to decrease use of natural gas in the electricity production.
Official representative of the Jordanian Energy Ministry Mahmoud Al-Eys told Trend on earlier, Jordan is interested in increase in gas supplies to the country and the Azerbaijani gas is of big interest for Jordan.