Jordan’s natural gas supplies from Egypt are set to resume this weekend, ending a nearly five-week disruption in the country’s main source of electricity generation, said a senior energy official.
According to Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Khaled Toukan, officials are to hold a series of high-level discussions in Cairo aimed at resuming natural gas supplies this weekend.
The minister is set to meet with Egyptian Minister of Oil Abdullah Ghourab later this week to discuss the agreement, under which Jordan receives 240 million cubic feet of gas per day at preferential prices.
“Our position is that we will stick to the old agreement,” Toukan told The Jordan Times.
Recent press reports claim that Cairo has set adjusting gas prices as a prerequisite to resuming supplies to Jordan, which have been suspended since a February 5 attack on the Arab Gas Pipeline in Al Arish.
Toukan said the ministry has not been officially informed of Cairo’s intention of amending the agreement, under which Egypt is to provide the Kingdom with gas at below-market prices through 2016.
He indicated that during this week’s talks, the Jordanian side will request additional gas quantities in line with a principle agreement between the two sides that has not been ratified.
The Kingdom relies on Egyptian natural gas for 80 per cent of its electricity generation needs.
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Secretary General Farouq Hiyari is currently heading a ministry team in Egypt to review outstanding technical issues regarding the pipeline serving Jordan.