Deputy speaker: Jordan interested in energy resource import from Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 24 / Trend A. Taghiyeva /
Jordan experiences an energy crisis due to frequent cessation of gas supplies from Egypt. The country intends to diversify its sources of energy supplies, First Deputy Speaker of the Jordanian Parliament Abdul Rauf Rawabdeh told Trend today.
"In this regard, we intend to expand cooperation with Baku in the energy sector," he said. "Jordan is interested in importing oil and gas from Azerbaijan."
He said that the two countries have been discussing the export of Azerbaijani gas for several years. However, this project is being delayed due to some problems.
The main obstacle to the project implementation is that Jordan is not ready for receiving and keeping gas, he added.
However, Jordan works to prepare the infrastructure for receiving Azerbaijani gas. After these operations are completed, the negotiations between the parties will become clearer.
Jordanian Industry and Trade Minister Sami Gammoh has expressed concern over the constant short supplies of Egyptian gas to Jordan. Gammoh said that Egypt acted as an unreliable source of gas, so the country is forced to seek alternative sources of supply.
Rawabdeh also stressed that besides gas import from Azerbaijan, Jordan is also interested in suppling Azerbaijani oil.
"Jordan needs to import large volumes of oil," he said. "We consider Azerbaijani oil as a priority energy resource."
He added that if Jordan and Azerbaijan agree on oil prices, the country will be able to successfully develop the cooperation in this field.
Earlier, spokesman for the Jordanian Energy Ministry Mahmoud Al-Eys told Trend that Jordan considers the purchase of Azerbaijani liquefied gas.