Gas field of Egypt - REUTERS
CAIRO – 26 November 2018: “Egypt has been exporting amounts of gas to Jordon since September and it will raise the amount to 100 million cubic feet per day by January,” Jordanian Energy Minister Hala Zawati said.
Jordan announced in August that it is going to amend the agreements with Egypt for the sale and purchase of natural gas.
The Jordanian Ministry of Energy clarified in a statement that the new amendments will allow Jordan to import enough natural gas from Egypt to cover 10 percent of its electricity generation needs.
“These amendments will be carried out early 2019,” Zawati said previously.
The Egyptian minister of petroleum announced in March that the Egyptian natural gas would be re-pumped to Jordan as of early 2019 after fouryears of suspension.
Jordan needs about 330 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to generate electricity.
Egypt stopped importing liquefied gas in September after adding 1.6 million cubic feet to its production from its latest gas discoveries, including West Delta’s Taurus and Libra fields, as well as the Atoll and Zohr gas fields.
Egypt’s production of natural gas increased in December 2017 to reach 3.4 million tons, up from 2.7 million tons in December 2016.
In 2015, Eni discovered Zohr gas field, the biggest gas field in the Mediterranean, with an estimated production of 30 trillion cubic feet.
The second phase of Zohr gas field will add around 2 billion cubic feet per day to Egypt's production and will be completed before the end of the year, according to the minister of petroleum.
The country's total natural gas consumption is about 6 billion cubic feet per day, of which roughly 65 percent goes to the electricity sector.