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Jordan to import gas from Gaza by 2017

Supplies will meet almost one third of country's needs, minister says.

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Jordan will import almost one third of its natural gas needs from Gaza by the end of 2017, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Mohammad Hamed said Saturday.

National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) will sign a letter of intent early next year with BG Group, which has concession rights to explore for gas offshore Gaza, the minister told The Jordan Times in an interview.

NEPCO will import 150-180 million cubic feet per day of natural gas from fields the company is developing offshore Gaza Strip, said the minister.

“During the first quarter of 2015, NEPCO will sign the agreement to purchase gas from BG Group.

“The amount of gas NECPO will import will cover about 30% of the country’s daily needs of natural gas for power generation,” he added.

Natural gas will be supplied via the Arab Gas Pipeline, which stretches from Egypt into Jordan and other neighbouring countries, Hamed noted.

Jordan consumes about 500 million cubic feet of natural gas per day for production of electricity, the minister said.

However supplies of Egyptian gas have been disrupted in recent years due to political unrest.

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