Jordan can meet its short-term gas needs if Israel deal canceled

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(File photo: Jordan News)
AMMANStandard & Poor’s (S&P) stated on Tuesday that Jordan could utilize an unused liquefied natural gas plant in Aqaba, in case of pipeline supply disruptions due to increasing tension and political pressure due to Israel’s genocide in Gaza. اضافة اعلان

According to Al-Mamlaka TV, the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO), owned by Jordan, manages the use of natural gas under an agreement with the Leviathan field in the Mediterranean. Thus far this has meant that Israel's gas supplies to Jordan take precedence over its exports to other countries, allowing gas exports to Jordan to remain stable under the agreement.

However, S&P warned that there are risks to this arrangement if political pressure escalates in either of the countries or if security risks along the pipeline increase. It noted that some major industrial users in Jordan directly import gas from Israel, suggesting that this smaller portion of non-NEPCO imports may be more vulnerable to supply disruptions.

Jordan has practically relied on Israeli gas for all its needs since 2020. However, it currently has an unused liquefied natural gas plant in Aqaba, which could be used in case of pipeline supply disruptions.

S&P also mentioned that it does not currently expect Israel to stop or significantly reduce its gas exports to Jordan. Israeli gas production has decreased by 50 percent since the start of the conflict in Gaza. Israel produced around 22 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2022, approximately 1 percent of the global total, exporting a combined 9 billion cubic meters to Egypt and Jordan, with most of Israel's gas production coming from offshore fields in the Mediterranean Sea.