Egypt to start pumping natural gas to Lebanon within three weeks

Last week, Egypt agreed to ship gas to Lebanon through a pipeline running through Jordan and Syria to lessen the energy crisis currently gripping the country

  
Smoke billows from a chimney at the Middle East Oil Refinery Company (MIDOR) in Alexandria, Egypt November 7, 2018.

Smoke billows from a chimney at the Middle East Oil Refinery Company (MIDOR) in Alexandria, Egypt November 7, 2018.

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Egypt plans to start pumping natural gas to crisis-stricken Lebanon within the coming three weeks, Oil Minister Tarek El Molla said.

Last week, Egypt agreed to ship gas to Lebanon through a pipeline running through Jordan and Syria to lessen the energy crisis currently gripping the country.

El Molla said at the time that vital maintenance work and outstanding contractual issues meant that the gas could not be sent immediately but that he hoped it could start “as soon as possible.”

He added that these issues could be solved within just three weeks, allowing Egyptian gas to be delivered to a power plant in northern Lebanon and providing an estimated 450 MW of power.

It is worth noting that the 20-year-old pipeline has been offline for more than a decade and has suffered damage through Syria’s civil war.

 

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