Natural gas supplies from Egypt resumed on 15 March, alleviating pressure on the electricity sector, according to a government official.

Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications and Government Spokesperson Taher Odwan announced that gas supplies reached the East Amman Power Station and Al Samra plant, which had been relying on costly diesel reserves during a five-week disruption in supply.

In a statement to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Odwan said the country is now receiving 70 million cubic feet of natural gas a day, a number that is to rise to 200 million cubic feet by 19 Mrach.

According to an agreement signed between Cairo and Amman in 2004, Jordan is to receive 240 million cubic feet of gas daily at preferential prices.

Meanwhile, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Khaled Toukan is set to meet with Egyptian Minister of Oil Abdullah Ghourab this week to follow up on the agreement, under which Cairo is to supply the Kingdom with natural gas at below-market prices until 2016.

The Arab Gas Pipeline was targeted by an attack on February 5 in Al Arish, disrupting supplies to the Kingdom. The Kingdom relies on Egyptian natural gas for 80 per cent of its electricity generation needs.

The disruption in gas supplies forced the country’s power stations on diesel and heavy oil, costing the country over $3 million a day, according to official estimates.

The Kingdom currently imports 96 per cent of its energy needs at a cost of one-fifth of the gross domestic product.

(Source: jordantimes)