Mar 12 2012
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Egypt Gas Export Pipeline Attacked For 13th Time
Middle East Economic Survey
Egypt’s gas export pipeline in the Sinai Peninsula on 5 March was attacked by unidentified gunman for the 13th time. Two explosions are reported to have occurred along the pipeline in the Massaeed area west of al-'Arish, media sources in Egypt said. The attack follows the recent resumption in natural gas shipments to Jordan and Israel through the Arab Gas Pipeline (AGP) and the al-'Arish-Ashkelon pipeline. It is not known if gas shipments through the infrastructure were interrupted. Attacks on the pipeline have averaged about one per month since former president Husni Mubarak was forced from power in February 2011. Shipments to Jordan, which relies on Egyptian gas for about 80% of its power generation, and to Israel, have over the last year been seriously disrupted at times, to the point that neither country now regards Egypt as a reliable supplier. Israel, which had used Egyptian gas for 40% of its power generation, has had to boost production at its offshore Mari-B field, which is expected to expire soon. The country is expected to experience a gas supply gap before the offshore Tamar gas field comes on stream in mid-2013.
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