Jordanian official: Cairo compensates Amman for natural gas outages

A Jordanian government source said on Wednesday that Egypt is currently compensating Jordan for supplying lower than agreed upon amounts of natural gas.

The source, who requested anonymity, said, “The recent agreement signed with Egypt during Jordanian Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Alaa Batayneh’s visit to Cairo requires that the average supply of gas for the current year reaches 60 million cubic feet daily, with compensation for the quantities that were not delivered during the breaks after each pipeline bombing.”

Egypt is now pumping about 100 million cubic feet per day to Jordan, the Jordanian official said.

“These quantities include the agreed upon rate of 60 million cubic feet, and the difference is the amount of compensation,” he explained.

According to Jordanian officials, Jordan received around 87 million cubic feet of natural gas from Egypt last year, compared to 220 million cubic feet in 2010 and 300 million cubic feet in 2009.

Iraqi Ambassador to Jordan Jawad Abbas said that his country would double its supply of oil to Jordan at preferential prices for up to 35,000 barrels per day instead of 10,000 barrels.

Edited translation from MENA

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