Shaban Bilal (Cairo, Beirut)
Energy experts said: The agreement to transport 650 million cubic meters of gas annually from Egypt to Lebanon via Syria was signed yesterday by Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. In the context, in particular he was an energy importer, not a producer, stressing the need for Lebanon to expedite its borders in order to benefit from the gas and oil fields.
Under the agreement, gas will be piped to the Tire Ammar power plant in northern Lebanon, where it can add up to 450 megawatts of electricity equivalent to 4 hours of electricity per day.
Dr. Atiya Atiya, Dean of the Faculty of Petroleum, Energy and Environmental Engineering at the British University in Cairo, said: “The signing of this agreement supports Lebanon as a non-producing country for energy resources and energy security. , Which affects growth within Lebanon.
He explained that pumping this amount of gas is important in meeting some of its energy requirements. Attia told Al-Ittihad that signing the agreement would meet Lebanon’s energy needs, especially electricity, because Lebanon is not an energy producer and relies on imports to help change Lebanon’s deteriorating economic situation. The Egyptian energy expert pointed to the need for Lebanon to accelerate its maritime borders to benefit from its own gas and oil resources, explaining that the delay had affected it in the production of its resources. The project, first launched in the summer of 2021, is part of a US-backed effort to address Lebanon’s electricity shortages using Egyptian gas supplied through Jordan and Syria.
In turn, Dr. Ramadan Abul-Ela, an Egyptian energy and petroleum expert, pointed out the importance of this agreement as it is a kind of cooperation between the Arab countries and stressed the need for the Arab countries to support such agreements. A kind of Arabic integration.
He explained to al-Etihad that the quantities agreed to be exported under the contract from Egypt to Lebanon via Syria were not large, but that they would have a positive effect on the Lebanese people because they would increase the electricity time from 2 hours to 10 hours.
Abul-Ela stressed that the agreement supports the Lebanese economy, particularly the expansion of export volumes and the integration of relations between the Egyptian and Lebanese peoples, and that the United States adopts a mechanism for implementing the agreement.
Earlier, Lebanon had confirmed that Egyptian gas, with a separate agreement to import electricity from Jordan, could increase the country’s electricity supply from two hours to 10 hours a day.
The government-run Lebanese Electricity Company produces several hours of energy a day, thus forcing many private generators to pay expensive subscriptions.
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