Jordan Politicians Slam Israel Gas Deal

A provisional deal that would see Jordan become reliant on Israeli gas caused divisions in ‘Amman this week, amid continued fallout from a 10 December vote in which lawmakers passed a non-binding motion rejecting the deal.

The partners in Israel’s aptly named 22 tcf Leviathan field in September signed a letter of intent that would see them supply Jordan’s National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) with 45 bcm of gas over 15 years. This implies annual volumes of 3 bcm, the equivalent of around 30% of Jordan’s current primary energy demand (8.16mn tons of oil equivalent for 2013 according to Jordanian Energy Ministry data).

After a marathon two-day parliamentary session in ‘Amman, lawmakers voted against the government signing the deal with the Leviathan partners. The outcry was such that government spokesman Muhammad al-Mumani felt the need to this week quash rumors that a deal for the Israeli gas had already been ratified. (CONTINUED - 753 WORDS)