The National News : Adipec 2021: l’Egypte prévoit de fournir du gaz au Liban au début de l’année prochaine pour atténuer la crise électrique

A resident knits by torchlight in an apartment during a power cut at night in Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Egypt agreed to supply natural-gas to Lebanon through Jordan and Syria as the Arab states seek to help end power shortages in their crisis-ridden neighbor. Photographer: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

Le pays nord-africain exportera du gaz via un gazoduc passant par la Jordanie et la Syrie.

Egypt plans to start supplying gas to Lebanon by early next year, to help ease the power crisis in the country, its petroleum minister said.

The North African country will export up to 65 million cubic feet of gas per day to Lebanon, Tarek El Molla told reporters on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum and Exhibition Conference on Tuesday.

“We are going to supply them with what they are requesting. We are just doing due diligence and checking the pipelines through Jordan and Syria,” he said.

“The supply is expected at the end of the year and early next year,” Mr El Molla said.

Lebanon has been dealing with a severe power crisis that has nearly crippled its economy. The country experienced a total blackout in October as the two power stations supplying the national grid ran out of fuel.

State-run Electricite du Liban recently said it was producing minimal amounts of power as it was unable to import fuel, leaving businesses and households almost entirely dependent on small, privately-owned generators.

Egypt is providing gas to Lebanon under a US-backed deal that seeks to ease power shortages in the country. Under the agreement, Egypt would supply gas to Lebanon that could provide it with six hours of power per day. Gas will eventually be brought to Lebanon via Syria and the Arab Gas pipeline.

Lebanon will pay Egypt for a yet-to-be-decided amount of gas, through a World Bank loan. LINK TO ARTICLE