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Reviving the Arab Gas Pipeline.

Today, Wednesday, a meeting of oil and energy ministers from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt outlined a roadmap to supply Lebanon with natural gas from Egypt, which will contribute to solving the electricity crisis in Lebanon.
Today, the Jordanian capital Amman hosted the work of the meeting. According to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, the meeting included the Syrian Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Bassam Tohme, the Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati, the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tariq Al-Mulla, and the Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water Raymond Ghajar.
The aim of the meeting, which was held at the invitation of the Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, was to discuss ways to enhance cooperation to deliver Egyptian gas to Lebanon via Jordan and Syria.
Following the meeting, the Jordanian Minister of Energy stated that each Arab country will be responsible for the cost required to ensure the transportation of gas to Lebanon.
In turn, the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum expressed his hope to export gas to Lebanon as soon as possible. He pointed out that there is a need to examine the infrastructure for transporting gas in order to provide Lebanon with supplies.
For his part, the Lebanese Minister of Energy said that his country is working with the World Bank to secure financing for energy supplies, and the minister expressed his hope to obtain enough Egyptian gas to generate 450 megawatts of electricity.
Regarding the demarcation of the Lebanese maritime border with Israel, the Lebanese Minister of Energy said that the committees are still meeting with Israel to delineate the maritime border.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Minister of Energy affirmed Syria’s readiness to operate the Syrian gas network to ensure the transfer of Egyptian gas to Lebanon, and indicated that there are directives from the Syrian presidency to help Lebanon transfer Egyptian gas to its territory.
The Syrian minister said: “The Arab gas pipeline will be revived to transport Egyptian gas to Lebanon.”
It is planned that the Egyptian gas will be pumped through an existing pipeline (the Arab Gas Pipeline) that extends from Al-Arish to Taba in Egypt, then to Aqaba, and from there to Rehab in Jordan, and from Rehab through Jaber to Homs in Syria, to the Deir Ammar region in Lebanon. The pipeline is 1200 km long and has a capacity of 7 billion cubic meters of gas annually.

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