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Israeli Gas Line to Jordan Lauded as ‘Boost for ‎Peace’

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Jordan’s King Abdullah (left) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2014. Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO.

JNS.org – Work on the natural-gas pipeline running from Israel ‎to Jordan is expected to conclude in the coming ‎weeks, allowing for Israeli gas to be pumped into ‎the Hashemite Kingdom and potentially from there to ‎other countries in the region. ‎

In late September 2016, Israel and Jordan signed a ‎landmark 15-year, $10 billion natural-gas deal. ‎

Work on the pipeline is headed by Israel Natural Gas ‎‎Lines. It has been lauded as a “boost ‎‎for peace.”‎

The project is expected to go online in late 2019, ‎coinciding with the expected date that Israel’s Leviathan‎ offshore natural gas ‎field, which is slated to feed the pipeline, is also to become fully operational.‎

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The work aims to both double the length of an ‎existing pipeline running inside Israel along its ‎border with Jordan, and add a new line ‎running directly through the two countries’ mutual ‎border. ‎

The plans are to extend the existing pipeline by ‎some 32 kilometers (19 miles), essentially doubling it. The new, additional ‎pipeline is expected to stretch ‎across 23 kilometers ‎‎(14 miles). ‎

“We are in the advanced stages of laying the Israel-‎Jordan natural-gas pipeline, which will enable ‎significant exports of natural gas from Israel to ‎Jordan during the coming year,” Energy Minister ‎Yuval Steinitz told Israel Hayom on Sunday.‎ “This is a significant link between Israel’s energy ‎infrastructure and that of the Arab world, and it ‎has great value in terms of strengthening the axis ‎of peace in the Middle East.”‎

Israel Natural Gas Lines chairman Eitan Padan noted that the company ‎‎“lends great importance to the Jordan pipeline, which is an ‎essential factor in the development of the natural-‎gas industry.”

“The work on the pipeline is progressing rapidly, and ‎we are even expected to be ahead of schedule,” he added. “INGL ‎is delighted to take part in a project that ‎strengthens peace with our neighbors, and we are ‎proud of the fact that we play a role in the Energy ‎Ministry’s natural-gas revolution in Israel and the ‎entire region.”

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