Another Leak in Egyptian Gas Pipeline (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) by Chana Ya´ar 03/15/11)
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Egypt has reported another leak in its natural gas pipeline, delaying
resumption of supplies to Israel and the rest of the region.
The Egyptian state-owned East Mediterranean Gas company (EMG), told
its Israeli partner, Ampal-American Israel Corp. on Sunday that it
was set to renew deliveries.
However, “while resuming commercial gas supply by GASCO (the Egyptian
gas transport company) to EMG and its Israeli customers, a leak was
discovered when the gas pressure exceeded 60 bars,” Ampal said in a
statement on Monday.
“The GASCO field team is currently working to repair the leak in its
system. Consequently, commercial gas supply to Israel, Jordan,
Lebanon and Syria as well as to major Egyptian cement industries and
power gas consumers in the Sinai Peninsula awaits completion of
repair,” the company said.
EMG shut down service five weeks ago after terrorists blew up the
pipeline in the Sinai Peninsula, disrupting deliveries not only to
Israel, but to Jordan as well.
Engineers said they are working to restore the service as soon as
possible, Reuters news agency reported. Deliveries will initially be
sent to the Israel Electric Corporation to operate its power plants.
The Israel Corporation-owned Haifa oil refinery will be next on the
Although the EMG firm is state-owned, it is headed by Egyptian
businessman Hussain Salem, whose Egypt Natural Gas Co, is a partner
in the consortium together with Thailand´s PTT, American businessman
Sam Zell, Ampal-American and Israel´s Merhav.
According to a statement by the National Infrastructure Ministry, the
absence of Egyptian gas has cost Israel´s economy some NIS 6 million
($1.7 million) per day. Due to fears the absence of Egyptian gas may
become permanent, Israeli officials have begun to implement
The Tamar gas field, originally set to be activated by the year 2014,
may instead begin operations at least a year earlier at the beginning
of 2013, if not before. In addition, the National Infrastructure
Ministry ordered the Israel Electric Corporation last weekend to
increase production at the coal-fired power stations, despite prior
cautions against doing so. The ministry also instructed power plants
to switch to diesel and fuel oil instead of gas in order not to drain
the Yam Tatis gas reservoir by the end of 2012.
Yam Tatis is currently the sole provider of natural gas for the State
of Israel due to the absence of gas supplies from Egypt. Tamar
reservoir was to replace Yam Tatis in 2014. (© IsraelNN Syndications
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