Egypt pipeline blast cuts gas supplies to Jordan and Israel

29/04/2011 00:12 Natural Gas

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Israeli officials announced that a pipeline that transports natural gas from Egypt to Israel and Jordan exploded on Wednesday morning, following a gun attack in the north Sinai area of Egypt.

The blast enforced the country’s authorities to close the export pipeline. The explosion occurred at the Al Sabil terminal near El Arish, a town 30 miles from the border with Israel on March 27, when gunmen planted explosives at the terminal, but they failed to detonate. It is the second pipeline blast this year, on February a gas pipeline that carried natural gas to Jordan was set on fire. The cause of the explosion has not yet been identified and no injuries were reported. It is obvious that Jordan will be affected by the pipeline blast, depending on Egyptian gas to generate 80 percent of its electricity. Additionally, Egypt has supplied almost 40 percent of the natural gas used by the Israel Electricity Corporation for producing electricity in recent years.

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