Egypt cuts gas supply to Jordan by over a third

Oil&Gas Materials 31 January 2013 11:34

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 31 / Trend A.Taghiyeva /

Starting next month, Egypt will cut its gas supply to Jordan by 36.4 percent from the current 220 million cubic feet to 140 million cubic feet, the Egyptian newspaper Elaph said on Thursday, citing a source in the Egas Company.

According to a source, the decline in supply is due to reduced production of gas in certain fields in conjunction with the periodic maintenance of fields.

The source did not say when gas supplies to Jordan resume in full volume.

Jordan covers about 80 percent of the gas needs through imports from Egypt. In the past, the Egyptian section of the Pan-Arab gas pipeline has frequently been the subject of terrorism. In February 2011, an explosion struck the section of pipeline near El Arish. Gas supplies to Israel and Jordan had been suspended for more than a month and resumed only on March 16.

According to official data, the loss to Jordan due to short supply of Egyptian gas is about $1 billion per year, but in reality the losses may be much higher, Jordanian Senate member Mustafa Fayyad told Trend earlier.