Jordan Plans to Become Regional Energy Exchange Center by 2030

Jordan's Minister of Energy confirms his country's determination to become a regional energy center.

  • Jordan Plans to Become Regional Energy Exchange Center by 2030
    Jordanian Energy Minister Hala Zawati

During the Water and Energy Conference in Jordan on Wednesday, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati, reviewed the Jordanian energy sector's comprehensive strategy, emphasizing the country's goal to develop the energy sector and making Jordan a regional center for energy exchange by 2030.

The Minister indicated that Jordan aspires to use natural gas in the transportation sector, detailing that the gas will reach the industrial sector via the Arab Gas Pipeline or through the Risha field.

Maria Hadjitheodosiou, the European Union's Ambassador to Jordan, detailed that the Union is working closely with Jordan and aiming to overcome the difficulties that exist in the eastern Mediterranean.

At the conclusion of a meeting hosted by Amman last week, the energy, oil, and water Ministers of Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt agreed to resolve the energy crisis afflicting Lebanon by transporting Egyptian natural gas through Jordan and Syria.

Days ago, the Syrian Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources announced that the Arab Gas Pipeline in Syria was ready to transport gas from Egypt to Lebanon, noting the agreement that Syria would obtain quantities of gas in exchange for allowing the passage through its territory.

The export of Egypt's natural gas to Lebanon through Jordan began in November 2009 but halted in 2011 due to the Syrian war.