Israeli Gas Exports To Jordan Remain Contentious

Israel’s Leviathan gas project is more than 50% complete and set for start-up by end-2019. Jordan state power firm Nepco is the anchor customer, slated to take 45bcm of gas over 15 years (an implied 290mn cfd) from project start-up.

The firms developing the 22tcf field – Noble Energy of the US (39.66% and operator), and Israel’s Delek (45.34%) and Ratio (15%) – say the Jordan deal is set in stone.

But heightened anti-government unrest in Jordan (see main story), could easily lead to a resurgence of opposition to Israeli gas. Many Jordanians expressed their disapproval when the deal was originally signed ( MEES, 19 January ).

In April, plans to build the pipeline on the Jordanian side of the border took a blow as the country’s construction contractors association said it would not compete for government-launched construction tenders. Jordan does import gas from Israel, although minimal amounts, 1.9bcm over 15 years, from the Tamar gas field, to the Arab Potash plant on the Dead Sea.


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