Today, Thursday, the US State Department welcomed Egypt and Lebanon reaching an agreement to provide gas to the Lebanese people, in a way that eases the energy crisis.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said on his Twitter account: “This is an important step toward regional cooperation in support of the Lebanese people. We look forward to working with the World Bank to review the details.”
On Tuesday, June 21, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon signed the final agreement to resume the export of Egyptian gas to Beirut through Syrian territory to transport 650 million cubic meters each year.
The actual start of the supply is expected to meet the conditions of the World Bank and the approval of the United States of America to exempt Egypt from the American sanctions law on Syria.
The agreement came after international efforts that continued over the past 6 months, to address the electricity shortage crisis in Lebanon by using Egyptian gas supplied through Jordan and Syria.
Egyptian natural gas supplies to Lebanon have been suspended since 2011.
Egypt seeks to supply 65 million cubic feet per day of gas as soon as the pumping starts, which will provide electricity to Lebanon for up to 4 hours per day.
Egyptian Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla had previously confirmed that his country is ready to export natural gas to Lebanon, to support the Lebanese government to overcome the crisis it is facing, stressing the completion of all procedures for the start of gas delivery.
Lebanon suffers from a crisis of power outages of up to 20 hours a day, in addition to economic and political problems that have caused financial crises that have prevented Lebanon from importing basic commodities, including fuel, the main factor in operating power stations.
It aims to deliver gas to Lebanon for use in the operation of power plants, in particular the Tripoli station, to light large areas in Lebanon, where Egyptian gas will be exported to Lebanon via the Arab Gas Pipeline linking from Egypt to Syria and Jordan.