AMMAN, Sept 8, (KUNA): A liquefied natural gas (LNG) port worth $ 65.5 million funded by Kuwait is among the most superlative projects the Gulf state has undertaken in Jordan, with the aim of providing Amman with diverse energy sources. As a testament to the camaraderie both nations have long enjoyed, Jordan’s King Abdullah II has christened the gas terminal, which has increased the Hashemite Kingdom’s dependence on gas for electric power by 90 percent, after Kuwait’s leader His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah.
The gas port, located in the Jordanian city of Aqaba south of the capital Amman, has been instrumental in transforming the coastal metropolis into a regional energy hub. According to a number of Jordanian officials interviewed by KUNA, the gas plant has already paid ultimate dividends three years after its inception, helping inject new growth into Jordan’s ailing economy. The gas plant has been instrumental in pushing Jordan closer to achieving its “strategic goal” of ramping up natural gas supply through curbing reliance on heavy fuel, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati told KUNA. She revealed that the processing plant has churned out 22 shipments of natural gas thus far this year, 19 of which have already been consumed, which is equivalent to 328 million cubic feet per day.
“The gas plant is perhaps the most significant energy project Jordan has seen,” Mohammad Al-Dardasawi, Aqba Development Corporation’s chief officer emphasized. The port has not only ensured adequate natural gas supply in Jordan, but also allowed Egypt to import its fair share as well through the two countries’ maritime border, he added. On the purpose behind the project, Al-Dardasawi said the main objective is to secure new energy sources given the fact that global demand for electricity has soared in recent years. He went on to explain that the gas plant possesses an unprecedented set of features, including a special pier measuring 390 meters in length, built with the highest standards of quality and environmental efficiency. Meanwhile, the gas plant is the by-product of $ five billion worth of financial aid that Gulf States have set aside for Amman, with Kuwait providing a share of $ 1.250 billion.
By Mahmoud Boushehri