JERUSALEM, March 13 Natural gas supply from
Egypt to Israeli customers is expected to resume on Monday after
the pipeline was damaged five weeks ago, an Israeli partner in
the East Mediterranean Gas (EMG) consortium said on Sunday.
The resumption of gas supply will follow the successful
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 several times.
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 Tova Cohen)