Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla met with Jordanian Minister of Investment Khairy Amr in Cairo to discuss increasing cooperation in implementing natural gas delivery projects inside Jordan with Egyptian expertise through specialized petroleum sector companies.
The meeting reviewed the Egyptian experiences in delivering natural gas to houses and their success in covering more than 13.5 million housing units with natural gas. This was achieved after doubling the delivery rate to 1.2 million housing units annually during the last four years in the presence of qualified companies, trained cadres, and the availability of technical and engineering capabilities. This could be supportive of Jordan’s tendency to expand the use of natural gas in homes and complete the supply of various industries after a good study and overcoming the challenges in the implementation of the project.
Amr pointed out the importance of Egypt’s participation with its long experience in implementing these projects in Jordan, which would contribute significantly to the success of their implementation by extending gas networks and connecting them in various Jordanian cities. Amr added that a technical and economic study is currently underway by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on gas delivery projects in Jordan, on the basis of which the best vision for implementation will be determined.
For his part, El Molla highlighted the close bilateral relations between Egypt and Jordan in the field of energy and the support of the political leadership in both countries to consolidate these ties and increase the volume of cooperation. The minister indicated that Egypt is fully prepared to participate in projects to deliver natural gas to homes in Jordanian cities.
The two ministers agreed to send a team of Egyptian natural gas delivery companies to Jordan to cooperate and review capabilities and learn about project details.