The oil ministers of Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon agree on a road plan to supply Lebanon with Egyptian gas.The oil and energy ministers of Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon agreed on a road plan to supply Lebanon with Egyptian gas.
During a press conference following the meeting of the oil and energy ministers of Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon, which was held in the Jordanian capital Amman today, the Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, Eng. Bassam Toumeh, affirmed that Syria supports any joint action that achieves the people benefit and will work through cooperation with Jordan and Egypt to help the Lebanese people overcome the energy crisis And transport Egyptian gas thereto.
Mr. Toumeh has explained that the conferees have drawn up an work sheet that will be discussed during the next three weeks and then evaluated. "We hope that this matter will become real as it was" Mr. Tome said referring that Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon have established this project since 2000 ; the memorandum of understanding was signed and the infrastructure for the project was completed since 2005 . These agreements were activated and the gas has been supplied , but stopped due to certain conditions.
Mr. Toumeh pointed out that the infrastructure related to oil, gas and electricity in Syria was sabotaged by terrorists and was maintained at the time, but it needs "re-check" .He said, "This is what has been agreed upon, and the technical team is in the process of checking the integration of the infrastructure with other Arab teams so that the gas transportation will be real.
In turn, the Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Mrs. Hala Zawati has explained that the quadripartite meeting came after many bilateral meetings that took place during the last period between the four countries and aims mainly to develop a road plan for the delivery of gas to Lebanon, noting that the infrastructure is almost ready to transport Egyptian gas to Lebanon. But There are some matters need solutions.
Concerning the Jordanian electricity to be exported to Lebanon, Mrs. Zawati said that another meeting will be held soon to set a plan sheet with Lebanon and Syria in order to prepare agreements and to see the infrastructure that was damaged during the last period. We need time for the infrastructure to be ready. she added.
The Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Mr. Tarek El-Molla said that today's meeting was preliminary, as they set a road plan to ensure, through technical teams from all parties, the readiness of the infrastructure so that the Egyptian gas can be pumped to Lebanon again after a ten-year hiatus.
In turn, the Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water Mr. Raymond Ghajar said: " We thank Jordan for hosting and cooperating with the sister countries Syria and Egypt" explaining that Lebanese vital sectors in desperate need for support, especially the electrical sector. " We hope to obtain enough Egyptian gas to generate 450 megawatts of electricity."
Mr. Ghajar pointed out that in the future there is a possibility to import electrical energy from Jordan through Syria after repairing some areas that were damaged due to the war on Syria, indicating that this will benefit everyone, "but we are the biggest beneficiary."
The meeting, held upon the invitation of the Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, aims to discuss ways to enhance cooperation to deliver Egyptian gas to Lebanon through Jordan and Syria.
A few days ago, Syria a few days ago has agreed upon the Lebanese side's request for assistance to pass the Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity through Syrian territory to Lebanon, during a session of Syrian-Lebanese talks held in Damascus.