The energy ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria met in Amman on 8 September to discuss sending Egyptian gas to Lebanon via the Arab Gas Pipeline (AGP). Lebanon is in the midst of an ongoing financial and energy crisis and has looked to its neighbors to help alleviate crippling power cuts (MEES, 20 August). The quartet of ministers say they have put in place a roadmap and that technical teams will work on supplying Lebanon “at the earliest opportunity.”

The group says technical assessment of the pipeline is ongoing, and that extensive repairs may be necessary: gas has not flowed the full length of the route from Egypt to Lebanon for a decade with the route only intermittently used in the two years after 2009 start up (26 October 2009). (CONTINUED - 289 WORDS)