September 14, 2021 by archyde
Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Hala Zawati, said that her country is able to export between 200 to 250 megawatts of electric energy to Lebanon, noting that this amount, in addition to what Lebanon will buy from natural gas, can secure a good amount of its needs.
A day after the meeting of the energy ministers of Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, in the capital Amman, on Wednesday, Zawati revealed to Al-Hurra details of the plan to deliver Egyptian natural gas to Lebanon, via Jordan and Syria.
In an interview with the “Lebanese Scene” program broadcast on Al-Hurra channel, the minister explained that the Arab Gas Pipeline was transporting gas from Egypt to Lebanon between 2009 and 2011, until it stopped 10 years ago, noting that the pipeline’s infrastructure, and based on consultations With the four countries, “almost ready.”
But Zawati pointed out the need to review the existing agreements on the gas pipeline, considering that they should be increased after 10 years, and said: “Therefore, we developed a road map during the four-way meeting yesterday in Amman, in order to determine the time needed to review the agreements, and address any issue related to infrastructure.” .
She also indicated that a 3-week period was set for reviewing the agreements and the readiness of the line.
Regarding the export of electricity, Zawati said, “The electrical network on the Syrian side was unfortunately damaged during the last period, and therefore it needs repair, and the Syrian side is better able to estimate the time needed for repair, but it will probably take 6 months… As for the Jordanian and Lebanese sides, the network is ready.”
The Jordanian minister revealed that “the World Bank entered with the Lebanese side to finance the purchase of energy, whether gas from Egypt or electricity from Jordan (…) each country bears the costs of repairing the network on its territory, and the World Bank will be with the Lebanese side to secure the necessary financing for the purchase of energy.”
In response to a question about the amount of electricity that Lebanon can obtain from Jordan, Zawati explained that electricity, like gas, was also exported through the Jordanian and Syrian network, and then to the Lebanese network.
And she continued, “The capacity of the Lebanese network to absorb the energy exported from the Syrian side is 200 to 250 megawatts, so we will be able to export this amount.”
The Jordanian Minister of Energy confirmed that the issue of prices has not yet been agreed upon. “These are agreements between companies, whether the company that buys in Lebanon or the National Electricity Company in Jordan. The agreement has not yet been reached, but these agreements will come… Today the biggest concern for us is reform The network in order to ensure the delivery and export of energy (..) We in Jordan are able to export more than this amount, we have the energy to export it in a larger amount to Lebanon, but the line does not absorb more than that, so if a larger amount of electricity is required to be exported, we must work On the networks, and this is a long issue that needs time, effort and funding in order to strengthen the line linking Syria and Lebanon.”
With regard to gas, the Jordanian minister says, “It is also important to know what is the benefit of gas today for Lebanon. Today, gas will feed the Deir Ammar station in Lebanon, and therefore Lebanon will replace the fuel line with natural gas, the latter of which is less expensive, and perhaps between 100 million and 120 million dollars will be saved. annually due to the replacement of fuel with gas.
And she continued: “The Deir Ammar station, I think, will have a capacity of about 450 megawatts, this amount will be available for gas from the Arab line, and there are about 250 megawatts of electricity that we can export from Jordan, and if we combine these two quantities, 700 megawatts will be secured for Lebanon, which is a good percentage of its needs. “.
Regarding the date of Lebanon obtaining these quantities, Zawati confirmed that if the electrical network on the Syrian side is repaired, there will be nothing to impede export, and the Minister of Electricity in Syria is better able to know (the date), but our conversation was about 4 months, maybe less.
Zawati indicated that discussions are taking place, especially after the visit of Jordan’s King Abdullah II to the United States, regarding the “Caesar Law”, given that “there are companies that will export gas, and companies that will transfer it, as well as with regard to electricity, and therefore any necessary procedures must be completed to exempt from any consequences imposed by Caesar’s law.”
However, the Jordanian minister revealed that it has not yet been reached how Syria will obtain in return for the passage of energy through its territory, and she suggested that this would be in exchange for gas or electricity, and not with a financial return.PUT 1xbet