Jordan seeks to increase its natural gas imports from Egypt to meet a third of its demand, said Hala Zawati, Jordanian Minister of Energy, according to Reuters.

Jordan has started receiving natural gas from Egypt since two months. However, in order to increase the amounts imported, a pipeline linking Jordan and Iraq has to be constructed.

“We have not yet agreed with Egypt. Now there are negotiations on how much will be pumped but we hope at least one third of the country’s requirements will be taken from Egypt,” Zawati noted.

Jordan’s natural gas demands are expected to reach around 350 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d) in 2019, according to Zawati.