JERUSALEM, March 14 Natural gas supply from
Egypt to Israel and neighbouring countries has been halted again
due to discovery of a leak, an Israeli partner in the East
Mediterranean Gas (EMG) consortium said on Monday.
Gas supply to Israeli customers was set to resume on Monday
after completion of repair work and testing of the pipeline that
was damaged in an explosion and fire on Feb. 5, Ampal-American
Israel Corp AMPL.O AMPL.TA said in a statement.
It initially was slated to resume on March 4 but was delayed
"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
"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." [ID:nBw146277a]
Egyptian state television and local government officials had
reported saboteurs blew up a pipeline that runs through Egypt's
North Sinai, disrupting flows to Israel and Jordan after
Islamists called on militants to exploit the unrest that led to
the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak.
EMG is owned by Egyptian businessman Hussain Salem, Egypt
Natural Gas Co, Thailand's PTT, American businessman Sam Zell,
Ampal-American and Israel's Merhav.
EMG supplies 45 percent of the gas needs of Israel's
electric utility. The rest comes from off Israeli shores.
(Reporting by Steven Scheer, editing by Anthony Barker)