In a talk with Al-Masry Al-Youm EGAS Chairman Khaled  Abdel Badie strenuously denied news reports that Egypt was going to import LNG through the Jordanian port of Aqaba, reported Egypt Independent.

“I am not sure what the source of those reports was,” he said, adding that no tenders had been put up for the importing of LNG.

He also clarified that EGAS is instead preparing a tender for the import of 45 LNG shipments for the second regasification unit scheduled to arrive at the Ain Sokhna seaport in September.

The Floaring LNG unit has a productive capacity of 750 mcf.

According to Egypt Independent the Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail had also denied the reports. He said that Egypt does have the right to put up tenders for the purchase of LNG, delivering it to Aqaba for regasification before pumping it backwards through the Arab Gas Pipeline, but insisted that negotiations with Jordan were still in their early stages.

Reuters had previously reported that EGAS has approached existing suppliers for LNG cargoes to be delivered in September and October, citing anonymous traders, but the news agency had not been able to reach EGAS itself for confirmation.