Oil Minister Tarek El Molla and his Jordanian counterpart Hala Zawati renewed an agreement that will allow Jordan to receive 10% of its gas needs from Egypt, Jordan Times reported.
Anonymous Jordanian official said late July that Egypt will start exporting oil to Jordan by January 2019; however, El Molla and Zawati did not state the starting date. The two ministers also discussed issues related to electricity exchange and cooperation in the mineral resources field, mainly those pertaining to phosphate.
Egypt used to provide Jordan with 250 mcf of natural gas daily since 2004, but these amounts started decreasing at the end of 2009 until they were completely halted in 2011 after attacks on the Arab Gas Pipeline, the Zawati commented.
Initial agreement was signed in 2014 but were not put into force due to decrease in Egypt’s production that shifted the country into gas importer.
Zawati also discussed mutual cooperation in electricity connection and exchange with the Egyptian Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker.
The two ministers also discussed exchanging expertise in the fields of energy and renewable energy.