Jordan, Egypt sign amendments to energy agreements

Amman, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati and Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla signed in Cairo on Thursday, amendments to agreements on sale and purchase of natural gas between the two countries.

Under these amendments, Jordan will be able as of the beginning of 2019, to import 10 percent of its needs of gas to generate electricity from Egypt.

The minister said in a press statement today that the two sides signed the amendments to the agreements that had been reached in 2004.

She added that she discussed with the Egyptian minister, the issue of strengthening natural gas networks for industries, currently made through the Jordanian-Egyptian Fajr Company as well as electricity exchange and cooperation in the field of mineral resources, in particular phosphate.

The two sides also reviewed the possibility of training Jordanian cadres at the training centers of Egyptian petroleum companies within the framework of cooperation and transfer of expertise.

Minister Zawati hailed cooperation with Egypt in the areas of energy and electricity connectivity and the impact of such cooperation in achieving Arab economic integration, stressing the importance of enhancing this cooperation to serve the interests of the two brotherly peoples.

She also met with Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohammad Shaker Al-Mraqbi and discussed with him joint cooperation in the field of electricity connection, and exchange of expertise in the energy domain.

Source: Jordan News Agency