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Broken Egyptian pipeline costs Jordan $3mn per day

Natural gas supply from Egypt to Jordan halted since January 28.

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Solar panels could soon be dotting the Jordanian landscape.
Solar panels could soon be dotting the Jordanian landscape.

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The Jordanian government has said that its natural gas supply from Egypt is still completely halted and that Egyptian authorities are working on fixing the pipeline.

Egyptian gas has traditionally provided Jordan with an affordable feedstock for its power stations. 

"We have no information on when the gas supply will be resumed," Energy Minister Mohammad Hamed told The Jordan Times.

Egypt's natural gas pipeline, which supplies Jordan, was bombed several times since the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The latest attack on the Arab Gas Pipeline in El Arish was on January 28 this year, which marked the last time Jordan received gas from Egypt.

The minister said the gas cut costs Jordan about $3 million per day, with the country resorting to more expensive heavy fuel and diesel.

"We asked the Egyptian authorities to speed up repairs on the pipeline, as resuming gas supplies will significantly help reduce pressure on Jordan's energy bill. We hope that will be done soon," Hamed said.

Jordan, which annually imports about 97% of fuel required to cover its energy needs, is signatory to a deal with Egypt under which it is supposed to provide 250 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

As a result of problems with the Egyptian pipeline, Jordan has accelerated plans to build solar plants and it is in talks with a Russian partner to build nuclear power stations.

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